Whales & National Parks

5 Days / 4 Nights
From NZ$1,430 per person Per Person, Twin Share
Per Person, Twin Share

Packed with scenery, this tour includes rail journeys, two stunning National Parks and a whale watch at Kaikoura.

The tour can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

Highlights

  • Coastal Pacific train
  • Marlborough's world-class wine region
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Pancake Rocks & Blowholes at Punakaiki
  • The Southern Alps & Canterbury Plains

Departure Dates

Daily departures

Day 1:  Christchurch - Kaikoura
The Coastal Pacific train passes through North Canterbury sheep country, then skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific.  Conditions permitting, enjoy a cruise along the coast of Kaikoura, to spot whales and other marine life.  Note the Coastal Pacific is replaced by a coach from May - September.

Day 2:  Kaikoura - Nelson
Rejoin the Coastal Pacific train and turn inland to Blenheim.  Continue by coach past vineyards built on rich alluvial plains which produce world class wines, to Nelson.

Day 3:  Nelson - Abel Tasman - Nelson
Travel to the  Abel Tasman National Park through plush horticultural and orchard country to Motueka.  Board your launch at Kaiteritri Beach and either remain onboard for the duration of the cruise or disembark to walk part of the Abel Tasman.

Day 4:  Nelson - Greymouth
Travel through the Buller Gorge and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

Day 5:  Greymouth - Christchurch
Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel over the Southern Alps across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

  • Transport & accommodation
  • Coastal Pacific train journey (replaced by coach from May-Sept)
  • Whale Watch 
  • Abel Tasman Scenic Cruise with option to walk
  • TranzAlpine train journey

  • Breakfasts, extra nights & accommodation transfers can be added
  • Single supplement available

Description & Highlights

Packed with scenery, this tour includes rail journeys, two stunning National Parks and a whale watch at Kaikoura.

The tour can be tailor-made to suit your requirements.

Itinerary

Day 1:  Christchurch - Kaikoura
The Coastal Pacific train passes through North Canterbury sheep country, then skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific.  Conditions permitting, enjoy a cruise along the coast of Kaikoura, to spot whales and other marine life.  Note the Coastal Pacific is replaced by a coach from May - September.

Day 2:  Kaikoura - Nelson
Rejoin the Coastal Pacific train and turn inland to Blenheim.  Continue by coach past vineyards built on rich alluvial plains which produce world class wines, to Nelson.

Day 3:  Nelson - Abel Tasman - Nelson
Travel to the  Abel Tasman National Park through plush horticultural and orchard country to Motueka.  Board your launch at Kaiteritri Beach and either remain onboard for the duration of the cruise or disembark to walk part of the Abel Tasman.

Day 4:  Nelson - Greymouth
Travel through the Buller Gorge and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

Day 5:  Greymouth - Christchurch
Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel over the Southern Alps across the Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.

Included In Package

  • Transport & accommodation
  • Coastal Pacific train journey (replaced by coach from May-Sept)
  • Whale Watch 
  • Abel Tasman Scenic Cruise with option to walk
  • TranzAlpine train journey

Optional Extras

  • Breakfasts, extra nights & accommodation transfers can be added
  • Single supplement available

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