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AP01 – Arthurs Pass Drive with Scenic Nature Tour and Short Walks

Trip Includes:

Travel by minicoach rom Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Fully escorted with informative commentary
Delicious picnic morning/afternoon tea
Lunch in a country hotel with spectacular mountain views
Guided walks to explore the alpine and highcountry landscapes
City accommodation pickup / dropoff

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Description

Our trip takes you across the Canterbury Plains into high country and in to the spectacular Arthur’s Pass National Park with its rugged mountain ranges. Here you have the choice of a scenic nature tour with interpretations and short walks or a guided hike into the mountains.

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You will be picked up from your accommodation and transferred to Arthur’s Pass either by minicoach. Your journey will take you west across the rich agricultural belt of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield where you will have the opportunity to take photos of the mountains rising above you. For those taking the train the journey through the gorge is spectacular before you make your way to the high mountains of the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass.

Having arrived with or been met by your guide at Arthur’s Pass village you will have the opportunity to:

View the Waimakariri River and its unique braided river system
Enter Arthur’s Pass National Park where short walks (AP01 and AP02) or a longer hike (AP03 and AP04) can be taken to experience forests, rivers and mountain vistas
Enjoy lunch at an historic high country hotel (AP01 and AP02) or packed lunch (AP03 and AP04)
Follow the old stage coach route and view the spectacular Otira Gorge, testament to the road builders of the 1860’s and the route taken by the Maori in their quest for greenstone
Visit  Cave Stream where it burrow underground in an area of limestone cliffs, gorges and craggy outcrops. This area was also used for the filming of CS Lewis’s – “The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe”
OR
Visit the incredible Castle Hill rocks, unique weatherworn rain smoother outcrops of limestone and regarded sacred by the Maori
Return to Christchurch by deluxe mini van, traveling via sub-alpine Porter’s Pass and the Canterbury Plains

Additional information

What to bring

What should we wear and take on our Day Tour

CLOTHING
Check the weather, dress accordingly and if necessary carry extra appropriate clothing. If you think that the clothing you have with you in New Zealand is inadequate/ unsuitable for your tour let us know, at least, the day before departure, so we can lend you some.

South Island weather is extremely variable. Sudden changes are not uncommon! As we include walks on our tours it is advisable that you wear comfortable clothing suitable for being active and, as you will be in the mountains or on the ocean, a wind proof top is a must. It is advisable to wear layers of clothing that can be added and/or removed. The following is recommended:

wind/shower proof jacket that will keep you dry in a sharp shower
Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather, made of material that retains warmth when damp from sweat or drizzle).
hat (type depending on weather)
Guests on hiking tours should have a rainstorm proof jacket.
DAY PACK (or bag you can carry and have both hands free)
sunscreen (high SPF)
sunglasses
water bottle
lip balm
camera with extra card, spare batteries.

Reviews

  1. canty1

    “We had a great day in a small group in Arthur’s Pass with Sally. We saw some amazing scenery (forests in Lord of the Rings style, waterfalls and Narnia scenery), spotted a kea and were very well taken care of. Only one comment on the train journey (TranzAlpine). Even though the scenery is fantastic, we thought that Taieri gorge train trip was better. So, make sure you won’t miss that one!”

    LiinaMaria, Central Finland

  2. canty1

    ” Wonderful day, lovely scenery, delicious lunch and John was great. Feeding the sheep was the highlight.” – Vicki Winger – 27-Oct-2015

  3. canty1

    “Excellent day, Thanks so much for your personal touch Tia 🙂 . Wonderful.” Michael Blom 19-Nov-2015

  4. canty1

    ‘ Wonderful day. Chris was an absolute star. Many thanks.’ Hilary and Michael – 15-Feb-2015

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