TranzAlpine Train and Scenic Nature Tour with short walks

TranzAlpine train from Christchurch to Arthur’s Pass | Travel by luxury vehicle | Lunch in a local cafe | Guided walks to explore the alpine and high country landscapes

Our trip takes you across the Canterbury Plains through the high country and in to the spectacular Arthur’s Pass National Park with its rugged mountain ranges. Here we can explore some of the parks trails, dependant upon weather conditions and fitness levels.

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, through the gorge which is spectacular before you make your way to the high mountains of the Southern Alps and Arthur’s Pass.

You will be 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 appropriate walks will be chosen, dependent upon weather conditions and fitness levels.
  • Enjoy a cafe or picnic style lunch.
  • 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”


  • View the incredible Castle Hill rocks, unique weatherworn rain smoother outcrops of limestone and regarded sacred by the Maori
  • Return to Christchurch by luxury vehicle traveling via sub-alpine Porter’s Pass and the Canterbury Plains, including photo stops and sort walks.

What to Bring


Check the weather, dress accordingly and if necessary carry extra appropriate clothing.

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
  • Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather.
  • hat (type depending on weather)
  • Guests on hiking tours should have a rainstorm proof jacket.
  • sunscreen (high SPF)
  • sunglasses
  • water bottle
  • Please let us know if you would like walking poles.


“Chris and Tia were amazing! We saw a weeks worth of sights in one perfect day. They were the best hosts we could ask for. Thanks for a wonderful day.”

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