Arthurs Pass Pano


Please note that a 'charter' is the exclusive hire of a vehicle, including a driver/guide.

Please note that due to the schedule of the TranzAlpine Train, it is impossible to catch it.  If you want to go on the train you will have to book the ship's excursion.  The ship's agent charters a special train (not actually the TranzAlpine Train).

Join us on an unequalled scenic experience, travelling by road, deep into New Zealand's mighty Southern Alps, to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass. 


The Southern Alps is a mountain range running approximately 450km along the length of New Zealand's South Island, and also includes many smaller ranges.  Today we venture by road into the Southern Alps range known as the Main Divide, which forms the boundary between Canterbury and the West Coast regions of New Zealand.

Akaroa Harbour

Leaving Akaroa Wharf, we travel on the main highway over the volcanic Banks Peninsula, towards the patchwork fields that make up the Canterbury Plains. 

The Canterbury Plains TNZ These vast expanses of flat land make up one of New Zealands agricultural heartlands, contributing to make New Zealands largest export earner.   We pass fields neatly divided by shelterbelts, protecting freshly ploughed fields and cropping, sheep, cattle and dairy herds from the prevailing northwest winds, before reaching the foothills of the Southern Alps. 
Porters Pass

Our vista is now dominated by the towering Southern Alps where we start our ascent through the high alpine Porters Pass.     

Once through the pass we travel alongside deep subalpine lakes as we continue winding our way past towering shingle covered slopes, tussock and rock formations. 

river vista alps

We cross the mighty braided Waimakariri River, and as we look up to the farther reaches of the river we capture the snowy peaks of the Main Divide, reaching Arthurs Pass village in time for lunch (own cost).


We travel through many small townships which service their respective farming communities, and we stop for conveniences and photos throughout our journey.  We return via the same route, arriving at Akaroa Wharf at approximately 4.30pm - 5.00pm.


Please note that this is a very long travelling day - over 3 hours drive each way, but if you are up to it, we promise you a scenic splendour from rugged alpine vistas, to subalpine lakes, and huge braided rivers.


The tour departs from Akaroa Wharf at 8.30am (or as soon as you can tender to shore), and returns 4.30pm, or at a time suitable to match your cruise ship schedule.  Please book an early tender. 

Click to view the travelling route





Estima Hiace Silver Minibus Toyota Coaster
Capacity - comfortably up to 5 passengers, although we can take 6 passengers, if this is a family group and children are part of your group. Capacity - comfortably up to 8 passengers or up to 11 passengers if you are of a small build or children are part of your group. Capacity - comfortably up to 16 passengers, or 18 passengers if there are chidren in your party.

NZ$895 per vehicle

NZ$995per vehicle

NZ$1195 per vehicle

All vehicles are modern, airconditioned, with PA systems and appropriately licensed according to the law of New Zealand

TO BOOK: If you would like to charter a vehicle, or if you have any questions please click here to send an email.


  • To book a charter we require a 20% deposit, with the balance due on the day of your charter.
  • We do not accept cancellations within 7 days prior to your tour date.  Your deposit will be refunded in full, if you cancel and give more than 7 days notice by email, to cancel.
  • Your deposit will be refunded in full if your ship does not dock in Akaroa on the scheduled date.
  • No partial refunds are due for the cost of your tour, should your tender to shore be delayed for whatever reason, therefore delaying the departure time of your tour.  
  • We reserve the right to alter your itinerary in the event of a delay to your departure time, or conditions outside of our control
  • If the captain cancels all tenders for the day, then a full refund is payable by us to you.