From Christchurch, take State Highway 73 to Arthur's Pass National Park. The alpine village of Arthur's Pass is 2 hours from Christchurch and your halfway mark to the West Coast. You can also go by train on the TranzAlpine or by shuttle with West Coast Shuttles (tel. 03/768-0028; www.westcoastshuttle.co.nz). Another option is a 1-day tour from Christchurch with Travel Pioneer (tel. 0800/808-070 in NZ) or Peninsula & Alpine Tours (tel. 03/384-3576; fax 03/384-3971). The only daily afternoon service is provided by Alpine Coaches (tel. 0800/274-888 in NZ).
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.