Day trip

Arthur's Pass with TranzAlpine Train

4.3 / 5

13 reviews

Arthur's Pass with TranzAlpine Train

From US$ 253.09 per person

Enjoy a fully guided day tour from Christchurch to travel on the world famous TranzAlpine train through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass. Admire the mountain scenery and finish the day with a visit to a sheep farm.

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Duration 9.5 hours
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Pickup included
Hotel pickup and drop-off is available from Christchurch accommodation. Provide your hotel name and address when booking and the local operator will advise your pickup details with confirmation.
Wheelchair accessible


  • Discover one of the world's top 10 train journeys aboard the TranzAlpine train
  • Benefit from a guided day tour with full commentary from an experienced guide
  • Marvel at the spectacular scenery of Arthur's Pass National Park, Otira Gorge and the Southern Alps
  • Enjoy a High Country Sheep Farm tour with sheep shearing, dog work and afternoon tea
Full description
Experience the world famous TranzAlpine train journey on a guided day tour from Christchurch.  After pick-up from your Christchurch hotel, travel by road to Springfield. Board the TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthur’s Pass - admire the stunning alpine scenery through the train's panoramic windows.  From Arthur’s Pass, tour over the snow-capped Southern Alps in the Arthur’s Pass National Park into the Otira Gorge, pausing for photo stops along the way. Visit the old village of Otira before returning to Arthur’s Pass for lunch. After lunch, explore the picturesque village of Arthur’s Pass and some of the many local walks.  On the return drive to Christchurch, visit a High Country Sheep Farm for afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheep mustering demonstration. The tour concludes with your return to your Christchurch accommodation around 5:30 PM.  
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Transport in air-conditioned coach
  • Driver/guide
  • TranzAlpine train ticket
  • Sheep Farm tour
  • Afternoon tea
  • Lunch

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  • New Zealand weather can be very changeable throughout the year, so bring warm clothing that you can leave in the tour vehicle if not required
  • You can bring your own lunch or purchase lunch on the day. Alternatively, you can pre-order lunch with the local operator after booking
  • Minimum numbers are required for this activity to operate - in the unlikely event that these are not met you will be offered an alternative date or a full refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 13 reviews

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A wonderful trip with a very good guide. The train ride was cool. Sheep farm very informative and the farmers were very nice. The tour on the bus was great. There were only two of us and Scott responded to special requests. We have received a lot of information. 5 Stars.

January 21, 2020

This tour allows you have best of both worlds. To be on the train as well as on the road. Our guide, Rodney came to pick us up at our hotel & drop by a small cafe for breakfast. The view from the train was stunning. We alight at Arthur’s pass & tour the Arthur’s pass national park. Rodney was knowledgeable& took good care of us. He also found some really nice spots for photos as well. Lastly, we went to a sheep farm & Neil, our star shepherd dog did a great job bringing the sheep over to the owner. Great guide, beautiful place & friendly farm owners. Thumbs up

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May 23, 2019

Janet was an excellent guide. Knowledgeable, voluble, friendly, and experienced. There were only three of us on the tour, too, so it felt very exclusive.

March 12, 2020

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