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TranzAlpine Train, Arthur’s Pass and optional Jet Boat Ride

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Key Highlights
  • Jaw-dropping views of the snowy Southern Alps
  • Take one of the world′s top 10 train rides – the TranzAlpine!
  • See the breathtaking beauty of Otira Gorge
  • Fantastic photo-opportunities everywhere you look
  • Option for thrilling jet-boat adventure on Waimakariri River
  • Lunch at Wobbly Kea restaurant included
  • Activity Schedule
    When does it run?



    10 hours

    Start time

    Start time: 0800h (08:00am)
    Duration:10 hours

    Meeting Point

    Your hotel in Christchurch
    (Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)

    Ending Point

    You will be dropped off at your hotel in Christchurch

  • Overview & Itinerary
    Overview This thrill-packed day tour includes lots of fun activities as well as some of the most spectacular scenery in South Island.

    After a road trip through the lush Canterbury Plains, jump on the famous TranzAlpine railway, rated among the top 10 rail rides in the world! Gaze out at spectacular snow-capped peaks, lush green forests and dizzying gorges.

    Leave the train at Arthur’s Pass and travel through misty mountains to the magnificent Otira Gorge. See the graceful curve of the splendid Otira Viaduct, one of New Zealand’s greatest engineering achievements.

    Enjoy lunch and a short walk past mossy rocks and sparkling streams before heading back to Christchurch. If you choose the jet boat option you also get the chance of an adrenalin-pumping high speed ride through the dramatic Waimak Canyon.

    Teatime finds you at a farm where you can enjoy refreshments and a glimpse of real life on a New Zealand sheep station.


    For your TranzApline Train and Arthur’s Pass Day Tour, there are two options: With or Without Jet Boat Ride. These are described below.

    TranzApline Train and Arthur’s Pass Day Tour

    For this tour, you will be picked up from your hotel in Christchurch in the morning and then journey by road through the pastoral scenes of the Canterbury Plains.

    At Springfield, board the world famous TranzAlpine train, acknowledged as ‘one of the top 10 train journeys in the world’. A commentary is given during the journey and there are open observation cars where you can take photos.

    After leaving Springfield, the train begins to climb into the Southern Alps. Look out of the panoramic windows to see splendid views of the magnificent Waimakiriri River gorge to the right. As it climbs, the train crosses a series of steel girder bridges over deep canyons and through a series of short tunnels. The highest viaduct is the famous 'Staircase', 73 metres above the river.

    On reaching Arthur’s Pass you will leave the train and re-board your coach. Follow an old stage-coach route over the snow-capped Southern Alps to the Otira Gorge and Viaduct where you make a photo stop. The splendid Otira Viaduct is 440m long, earthquake proofed, and elegantly curved to blend harmoniously with its surroundings.

    Visit the old village of Otira before returning to Arthur’s Pass for lunch at the Wobbly Kea Restaurant. Your meal includes a starter of “Soup of the Day”, followed by a main course choice of Bangers and Mash, Beer Battered Fish, Caesar Salad or a vegetarian pasta. Tea or coffee is included.

    after lunch you can explore the village and take a stroll through the bush. The return journey to Christchurch is by road, stopping for an exhilarating 30 minute jet boat ride through the spectacular Waimak canyon on the snow-fed Waimakariri River. Feel the adrenalin pumping as your experienced captain performs high speed spins and manoeuvres.

    After the jet-boating adventure, a visit will be made to a farm for late afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheep mustering demonstration.

    At the end of the day you will be dropped back at your hotel in Christchurch.

    TranzApline Train and Arthur’s Pass Day Tour without Jet Boat Ride

    This option is just the same as the one above except it does not include the jet boat ride on the Waimakariri River.

    At the end of the tour you will be taken back to your accommodation in Christchurch.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transportation in an air-conditioned coach
    • English-speaking driver/guide
    • 1hr 45 minute one-way journey on TranzAlpine train
    • 2-course lunch (plus tea or coffee) at Wobbly Kea restaurant
    • 30-minute jet boat ride (if option chosen)
    • Sheep farm visit and afternoon tea
  • Please note & Additional info
    Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

    Children 0-2 years free of charge if not occupying a seat.

    This tour need minimum 2 clients to run if minimum requirement is not met either full refund would be provided or alternate day would be allocated.

    Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

  • Customer Reviews
    • Wonderful experience


      John McFarlane, Australia, 14/Jul/2014

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