Christchurch Stopover

Spend 3 days exploring the elegant colonial city of Christchurch staying at the Chateau on the Park with a full day excursion on the fantastic Tranz Alpine Train, including transfers.


On arrival at Christchurch International Airport, there is a transfer to the Chateau on the Park for two nights in a Deluxe Room. Nestled in five acres of tranquil gardens, the Chateau on the Park is conveniently located just a few minutes’ walk from centre of the lovely city of Christchurch. Your Deluxe Room is available in a choice of bed configurations, beautifully appointed with a contemporary design with stunning views over the Hotel’s gardens and offer complimentary WiFi. The rest of the day is at leisure to relax and enjoy the outdoor swimming pool or get an adrenalin fix in the hotel’s fitness centre or walk into town and explore Christchurch. Guests on fly-drive holidays enjoy complimentary parking at the Chateau on the Park. The Garden Court Brasserie, (GCB) enjoys light airy surroundings, overlooking the award winning gardens and moat, during the warmer season enjoy al fresco dining overlooking the rose gardens and end your day with a delicious glass of New Zealand wine in the Den bar overlooking the moat.

Christchurch became a city by royal Charter on 31 July 1856 and is now officially the oldest established city in New Zealand. The Avon River runs through the centre of the city, its banks forming an urban park and a relaxing area to walk or hire a punt and have a relaxing afternoon drifting along the Avon. Visit the Canterbury Museum housed in the rather majestic colonial building, hop on a tram and explore this vibrant city. For spectacular views over the city, Canterbury Plains and onwards to the peaks of the Southern Alps, take the Christchurch Gondola to the Crater Rim at the top of the Port Hills; relax with a snack at the Red Rock Café with stunning 360 degree views.

Today enjoy a full day tour including one of the world’s iconic rail journeys, the Tranz Alpine Railway. Your tour from Christchurch, with a scenic tour through the city then onwards for a 45 minute Jetboat ride on one of New Zealand’s spectacular Rivers The Thames. Your journey continues with an exhilarating 4WD adventure across Mount Torlesse High Country Station, a 10,000-acre working cattle and sheep farm, fantastic fun off-roading with picturesque alpine scenery. Enjoy lunch at a quant country café, then continue along the historic State Highway 73 travelling over Porter’s Pass a mountain pass through the Canterbury region and the highest point on the state highway after Milford Road and Lindis Pass, arriving at Arthur’s Pass National Park. Board the world famous Tranz Alpine Train, sit back and relax, enjoy stunning scenery as your train travels through gorges and river valleys, over the Staircase Viaduct, standing 72 metres high, passing the lush farmlands of the Canterbury Plains as you travel back to Christchurch. On arrival at Christchurch Railway Station, you will be collected and returned to your hotel. The rest of the evening is at leisure.

You may include this stay in a much more detailed New Zealand itinerary, or as part of a Round the World itinerary, we have many cost effective round world fares to choose from giving you the opportunity of visiting Australia, Asia, North America and the Pacific Islands. Please speak with our highly knowledgeable Specialist Team to discuss your New Zealand Holiday.

What's Included

• 2 Nights Chateau on the Park Hotel on a room only basis in a Deluxe room
• Return Seat-in-Coach Airport Transfers
• Tranz Alpine Train - Day Excursion

Price Notes
This itinerary/tour is a suggestion and can be tailor-made to suit requirements.
Prices above are per person in pounds sterling (£), based on two people sharing a twin-room. Please contact us for prices for alternative dates or number of travellers.

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Travel Dates:
01 Sept – 10 Dec 2020

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