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 lunch at an historic hotel
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”
Visit 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