Arrive into Christchurch
Choose through us how you arrive into Christchurch whether it is by air or land. We will ensure your travel preferences are in keeping with the arrangements we have made for you and we will make it easy to maximise the experiences you have chosen through us.
Our very special, professional, and incredibly knowledgeable host, local Geoff will be there to greet you personally and ensure your arrival runs to perfection. No delays in luggage or check-ins, everything is designed to run smoothly for you to maximise your journey with us.
As your luggage is stowed for you, sit back and relax and enjoy your private and very informative exploration around Christchurch with someone who can treat you to the “real” knowledge, the “real” stories, and the “real tips” on ensuring you know the Christchurch today, yesterday and through history.
Imagine after learning such interesting facts, arriving at your perfect evening retreat so you can freshen whilst Geoff arranges to have you taken and returned safely to your evening eatery when you are ready. Geoff as your personal concierge will have ensured the best table at the best place to dine all set up around his great knowledge of the local eateries and your favourites when it comes to cuisine.
Dine in the heart of the garden city and enjoy your company with each other before being returned to your gorgeous overnight escape with plenty of time to enjoy a great evening, a nightcap, and a perfect night’s sleep.
Day 2. Arthurs Pass TranzAlpine Train Journey
Arise to a new morning with a gorgeous breakfast hand-delivered to you and enjoy a morning of peace, tranquillity, and service.
An early morning escort to the train station by professional host Geoff will see you departing the Garden City at 8;15am. Travel on the world famous TranzAlpine train (included in your journey) across the mighty Canterbury Plains, New Zealand’s largest flat area to the spectacular South Alps passing the ski areas of Porters, Cheeseman, Craigeburn and Broken River. Sit back and take in the sights and treat yourself to a fresh hot coffee and a tasty treat from the on-board cafe.
After an incredible train-ride through the Southern Alps, arrive in the picturesque Arthur’s Pass by 11:00am where your friendly and knowledgeable hosts will be there to personally greet you at the station. Your hosts, well-known environmentalists will share with you their own backyard with you, a stunning 4,000 acres of remote wilderness.
Enjoy the complimentary guided nature tours or farm activities, included in your journey, and discover the high country sheep farm where merino wool is sheared, take a relaxed walk to the McKay Moa forest and learn about the ‘bizarre’ moa shrubs or discover the mossy beach forest surrounding the lodge. Search for orchids, watch birdlife and see manuka (tea tree) recolonise the grasslands.
At night, join a guide to learn about the stars that illuminate the southern sky. Spot constellations, satellites and planets. The clean air and lack of light pollution makes for brilliant clear skies. A moment to lose yourself to the encapsulating beauty of nature.
A gourmet evening dinner will be prepared for you with the perfect matching wine from some of Canterbury’s finest cellar doors with the freshest of ingredients to bring the region alive on a plate. Start with the seared scallops, indulge in the braised wilderness lodge lamb shoulder and end with a kiwi favourite of sumptuous ‘sticky date.’ With a menu that changes daily, you will be spoilt with superb options.
Day 3. Christchurch Return
Wow – a morning of additional experiences. May we tempt you? Ask for our menu
After exploring many corners of the 4,000 acre secluded spot you now know so well, enjoy a scenic train ride and see the other side of the Southern alps on your return to Christchurch where your professional host will be ready and waiting to safely chauffeur you, should you have flown to the Airport for a swift and hassle-free departure after a weekend of wild wilderness and unique natural beauty. Now you know Christchurch and Arthur’s Pass better than anyone! Sssshhh, don’t tell your secrets but instead please recommend our “hosting from afar” services.
Extend your journey through us by visiting other destinations including Kaikoura, Akaroa, Maruia and Mt Cook Aoraki for the best way of maximising your time in the South Island. We can customise any journey to suit you by tailoring length of time and location, departing Auckland, Christchurch, or Queenstown.
Lots of Love from Love My New Zealand.