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Arthur's Pass Day Tour including TranzAlpine Express Train from Christchurch

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    Following a morning pickup by air-conditioned coach from your Christchurch hotel, travel by road through the rural pastoral scenes of the Canterbury Plains to Springfield where you will board the TranzAlpine train. This has been rated as one of the top 10 train journeys in the world.
    View the Alpine Scenery through panoramic windows as the train winds its way through the stunning Waimakariri Gorge into the mighty Southern Alps and on arrival into the small alpine village of Arthur’s Pass your driver will once again meet you off the train and explore the alpine Village. 
    Time for lunch at a local cafe before viewing and driving down the 440 meter long Otira Viaduct a major NZ engineering project - the viaduct is one the most earthquake prone regions in New Zealand and it has been designed to withstand seismic forces 40 percent higher than the usual maximum for such structures. In the late summer months the bright flowers of red rata (metrosideros umbellata) add to the beauty of the Otira Gorge. This tree is not found on the eastern side of the Southern Alps but blooms only in the moist western valleys, you will also encounter the NZ Kea rated as one of the most intelligent birds in the world they have very inquisitive natures and found in most South Island alpine environments.
    On leaving Arthur’s Pass you will travel by road through the foothill ranges of the Southern Alps, in the basins with winter snow there are several small ski fields and with unique limestone rocks surrounding the area this is also popular for rock climbers.
    We then join an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River then visit a local Sheep farm with sheep shearing, a sheep mustering demonstration and a late afternoon tea.
    In the late-afternoon, hop back aboard your coach for the drive back to your Christchurch hotel, where your tour will come to an end.
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    Reviewed 31 March 2019

    Graham the tour guide was really good, the train ride was good and the sightseeing on the bus even better. Don't miss the jet boat ride, which is lots of fun. However, the bus seating is cramped, with no leg room at all and I...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Jim W
    Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2019

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your review and I am pleased you had a great tour, with both the train and sightseeing with Graham. I agree the jet boating is not to be missed. I am sorry that you found the vehicle,...More

    Reviewed 16 March 2019

    Rodney was so professional and informative and made sure we were on time for everything. I had such a great experience at the sheep farm and loved that we got to feed some sheep and take pictures with alpacas and the dogs. Had lunch there...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2019

    Thank you for such a positive review. I am really pleased you had a nice time with Rodney and I'll be sure to share your kind words with him. And it's also great to hear that you enjoyed all your activities too. Arthurs Pass is...More

    Reviewed 25 January 2019

    We really enjoyed the variety of activities on our day out. Graham our guide was friendly, informative and highly professional keeping us on time for every aspect of the day . Comfortable couch and great photo opportunities throughout day. Lunch was an interesting venue...highly memorable....More

    Date of experience: January 2019
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    Canterburyleisure, Digital Marketing Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 28 January 2019

    Thank you for the kind words and it's great to hear that you had a nice day in Arthurs Pass. The Arthurs Pass Day Tour is one of our most popular tours so it's always nice to get some positive feedback on it. I'll be...More

    Reviewed 18 October 2018 via mobile

    Best day!! Despite early cloud the sun shore at opportune moments. Fully enjoyed. Very comfortable and lunch of glorious whitebait patties ridiculously good. Great value day. Everything delivered as promised.More

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    Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 October 2018

    It is great to hear that you had a most enjoyable day, that Scotty looked after you and that the whitebait patties were ridiculously good, I am envious. Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. The reviews we receive are inportant to...More

    Reviewed 10 August 2018

    Sue was our guide for the Arthur's Pass Day Tour, which included the TranzAlpine Express Train. We had a change of plans because of incoming bad weather. Instead of taking the train to Arthur's Pass, Sue took us via a comfortable mini-bus. And, I am...More

    Date of experience: July 2018
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    Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 August 2018

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. It is great to hear that you had such an enjoyable day and that Sue looked after you and was a good representative of our company. I am pleased that you got to see some...More

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    The tour picks up at your hotel or, for us, our rental.
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