Pristine lakes, rolling farmland, sheep, cows, horticulture, stunning limestone formations, waterfalls and the share grandeur which is the Main Divide between the east and the west coasts. The Southern Alps form part of the Ring of Fire or the San Andreas Fault line. 30 Million years in the making what you see on this tour will leave you breathless.
Familiar with the Lord of the Rings Trilogy? You can have your photo taken with LOTR memorabilia surrounded by the mountains that features in this epic series of movies.
** More than 4 - 5 ppl. in your group, ask us for a quote - bigger vehicles are available**
**PLEASE NOTE**: This is a FULL day tour to Arthurs Pass. Groups must have an eight (8) hour on shore window to undertake this tour comfortably. You must be with your driver guide no later than 08:30 otherwise the tour will be shortened to accommodate the shorter time available. We must have you back in Akaroa by 16:30 (4:30 pm) to accommodate most final tender times.
What You'll Get
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Pass By: Akaroa Lighthouse, Beach Road, Akaroa, Akaroa New Zealand
Circa 1880 once making the Akaroa Harbour mouth safe this lighthouse was almost lost to the elements before the Akaroa Lighthouse Preservation Society saved it.
Stop At: Rewi Alley Memorial Park, Tawera Ln, Springfield 7681, New Zealand
Rewi Alley QSO, MM (known in China as 路易•艾黎, Lùyì Àilí, 2 December 1897 – 27 December 1987) was a New Zealand-born writer and political activist. A member of the Communist Party of China, he dedicated 60 years of his life to the cause, and was a key figure in the establishment of Chinese Industrial Cooperatives and technical training schools, including the Peili Vocational Institute (Bailie Vocational Institute or the Beijing Bailie University). Alley was a prolific writer about 20th century China, and especially about the Communist revolution. He also translated numerous Chinese poems
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Otira Viaduct Lookout, Arthur's Pass Road, SH73, Arthur's Pass National Park New Zealand
The Otira Viaduct had it's official opening on Saturday 6th November, 1999. The Official Opening was carried out by The Rt. Honourable Jenny Shipley Prime Minister, and Ed Evans Snr.
WHY THE VIADUCT HAS BEEN BUILT...
Major Rockfall hazard above and below the existing road (the zig zag) threatens to destroy it, or at least undermine it to a point where it is not repairable.
FACTORS THAT AFFECTED CONSTRUCTION...
Major rock falls from above
Located in an active seismic region (small earthquakes from time to time)
Riverbed scour from the Otira River
Otira River flooding (max. 5cu.m/second)
In Arthur's Pass National Park
Minimise disturbance to vegetation
Blend structure with natural contours
Protection of cultural features
Total Length .5 Km
Maximum Span134 metres
No. of Spans 4
Road Width 8 metres
Pier Height 35 metres
Pier Foundations 25 metres deep
Pier Dimension 4m x 3.5m
Stressing Strands 3150 metres
Concrete Volume 5,000 cu.metres
Construction Method - Balanced Cantilever
Superstructure Form - Post Tensioned Concrete Box Girder
Duration: 15 minutes
Stop At: Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area, Castle Hill, 7580 New Zealand
The grand limestone rock battlements of Kura Tāwhiti led early European travellers to name the area Castle Hill.
Climbers, families, students, scientists and travellers have always been drawn to this spectacular place, to explore its natural, cultural, historic and recreation values.
Wander through majestic limestone rock formations of special significance to Ngāi Tahu. It's one of our best short walks.
- Distinctive limestone rock formations.
- Castle Hill buttercup.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre, State Highway 73, Arthur's Pass National Park 7654 New Zealand
Lakes, limestone formations, Lord of the Rings filming locations, sheep, cows, deer, share mountain grandeur, beautiful flora and fauna....words do not do this area justice.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Snacks - Complimentary light snacks and bottled NZ Spring Water provided
Returns to original departure point
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