Your Tranz Alpine day tour begins with a pick up from your hotel and drive across the Canterbury Plains to Springfield Station in the foothills of the Southern Alps. (If you prefer you can get on the train from Christchurch Station..the cost is the exact same.)
Tranz Alpine Train journeys besides the Waimakariri River up into Arthurs Pass National Park where you will be amazed at the spectacular Alpine scenery. The Tranz Alpine Train crosses many high bridges and through many tunnels as it climbs into Southern Alps. Alight from the train at Arthurs Pass Station which is the South Islands highest railway station at 750 metres. Drive up to the Otira Gorge through the Mountain Beech forest which is covered with thick lichens and moss and look over the precipitous Otira Gorge. We shall probably meet up with the native parrot the Kea. Enjoy the crystal clear waters flowing down amongst the huge boulder strewn streams.
We can enjoy a 2 course homemade picnic lunch from my organic garden in a scenic location. The National Park Information centre has some very good displays about the Flora and Fauna of the Park as well as the history of the area.
The drive back toward Christhcurch passes through many different types of scenery and is quite different from what you see from the train. From Alpine scenery to Lakes, Limestone formations and River valleys. Option to have a farm visit to see - Sheep dog demonstration, shearing, Al Pacas and an afternoon tea in the shearing shed.
Plus $30 per person.
Option to jet boat on the Waimakariri 20 minutes $45 River gorge. Please have a read of my Trip Advisor reviews to get a sense of the type of tours and experiences I try to offer my guests. For Japanese guests please click on the Japanese icon to see the reviews in Japanese.