Up to 7 days
From your cruise ship in Lyttelton, head to the heart of the South Island’s southern alps on this TranzAlpine and Arthurs Pass shore excursion. Head west through the flat plains of Canterbury where you will board the TranzAlpine train, famous for its incredible scenic views as it travels through the beautiful mountains and alpine terrain of the Southern Alps. Upon arrival at Arthurs Pass, rejoin your coach and continue on to the Otira Gorge and the old village of Otira before heading back to Arthurs Pass to enjoy an excellent lunch. Afterwards, your coach will make the return journey back to Christchurch via a stop at a traditional sheep farm, for afternoon tea and a sheep shearing and sheep dog mustering demonstration, before returning to Lyttelton Harbour where you can rejoin your cruise ship.
Please Note that the itinerary below is indicative only for cruise ships berth by 8 am or earlier. For all other cruise ships with a later arrival time in Lyttelton the excursion times will be adjusted to meet the cruise ships schedule.
We will collect you in the morning from the Lyttleton township and travel from Christchurch by road to Springfield situated just at the foothills of the Southern Alps. At Springfield, board the world famous TranzAlpine train, this train journey is rated as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. Travel through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass viewing spectacular alpine scenery through panoramic windows.
In Arthurs Pass, your driver will meet the train and then proceed by road through the snow-capped Southern Alps in the Arthurs Pass National Park and onto the Otira Gorge making photo stops on route. You will visit the old village of Otira and the engineering marvel of the Otira Viaduct before returning to Arthurs Pass for lunch. If you’re lucky, you may also be able to see one of our native birds, the Kea: the worlds only alpine parrot which are common among these parts.
Following lunch there will be time to explore the village prior to departing Arthurs Pass and returning to Christchurch by road travelling again through the majestic Southern Alps and Alpine Passes, with river valleys, lakes and towering peaks as a backdrop. On route you will visit a high-country farm for afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheep dog mustering demonstration. From there you will continue to Christchurch and be returned to Lyttelton township where your awaiting shuttle transfers you back to your cruise ship.
Tour Duration 9.5 hours
Please note minimum numbers are required for this tour to proceed.
Please note: Due to the varying arrival and departure times of the cruise ship schedules the TranzAlpine Train may not be available for your date of travel. We will advise upon booking. If you would like to book this option without the train, please see LT06AWTCS: https://www.cruiseexcursions.co.nz/day_tour/christchurch-arthurs-pass-tour/