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AP05 – Arthur’s Pass Private Tour

Trip Includes:

Travel by minicoach from Christchurch to Arthur's Pass
Fully escorted with informative commentary
Delicious picnic morning and afternoon teas
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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Your choice will depend on whether you wish to take the world famous TranzAlpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass village and whether you want to do a number of short nature walks or take a longer 2-4 hour hike in the National Park. The distance covered will depend on the fitness of the guests and weather conditions.

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

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.

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