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AP03 – Drive/drive with 2-4 hour Guided Hike in Arthur’s Pass National Park

Trip Includes:

Travel by minicoach from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Fully escorted with informative commentary
Delicious picnic morning/ afternoon tea

Guided 2-4 hour hike,  fully escorted
Packed picnic lunch
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 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 a 2-4 hour hike is taken to experience forests, rivers and mountain vistas
Enjoy a packed lunch on the track
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

    “Our tour with Canterbury Trails was incredible. We were newbies to tramping. John showed us how to reach the hut at Bealey Spur, which rocks to step on, how to ford a stream, how to stroll around a gorgeous lake and walk beaches and collect “memory rocks” that were then made into necklaces! And our first glaciers. And our first Keas. And five pair of the last 45 pairs of Crested Grebes!!! And great ice cream. And. And. And. We loved our south island tour. John was a wealth of information — answering all our questions and adding details about the history, flora and fauna of New Zealand. Sally took over the later part of the trip and she continued to add to our fabulous time! We shot over 1500 pictures and have twice as many great memories. We are now figuring out another tour with them early next year. We think the term “repeat business” pretty much says it all. We LOVED it!!!”

    TerrieRobbins, Saint Louis, Missouri

  2. canty1

    While visiting Christchurch we booked a trip on the TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass. Canterbury Trails picked us up at our hotel and brought us to the train station. Once on board they headed off to the pass via car. They instructed us to get off the train at the top and they would be waiting there for us, which they were. The train ride was beautiful but the tour that was to come next was even better. We had a nice lunch at the restaurant at the top of the pass then John and Chris put us in their van and we took off. They showed us things you would not see from a train. We saw a Kia, the mountain parrot, we walked through beautiful woods of tress covered with mosses and lichens. All the while John is explaining everything in detail. What a knowledgeable guide! We walked through a boulder field where boulders were as big as a building.John’s wife Sally made treats for us for the trip. Where do you get homemade baked goods on a tour! Thanks Sally, they were delicious. It was the best tour we have been on. Extremely nice people. If you want to book a trip of any kind just call them, tell them what you want and they will arrange it for you. One day or one week, they will do it all for you and believe me, you won’t be disappointed. Best tour guides in Christchurch!!

    Michele A, Broomfield, Colorado

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