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AP04 – Train/drive with 2-4 hour Guided Hike in Arthur’s Pass National Park

Trip Includes:

Transfer to the railway station for the TranzAlpine train to Arthur's Pass

Met by guide in Arthurs Pass
Fully escorted 2 – 4 hour guided hike with informative commentary

Packed picnic lunch
Delicious picnic morning/ afternoon

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 TranzAlpine train. 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 burrows 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

    My husband and I went on the day hike to Arthur’s Pass with another couple with Wayne as our guide. What a great day! First off, Wayne was super knowledgeable about the area and was attuned to how much hiking/activity each person wanted from the day. Since I wanted more hiking than the others, he managed to fit that in without diluting the enjoyment of the others that day. The day started with the Alpine Train from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass, with its spectacular scenery. The train trip is a blast because the train travels so close to the wonderful gorges and mountain passes of the area. After that, we basically hiked or walked to various spots throughout the day. Beautiful scenery and good lookouts. We also stopped at a local inn for fish and chips for lunch. The lunch was a simple, good meal and fit perfectly in with the rest of the day. Wayne is a treasure! He made the day!

    Visited March 2015

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