2 days

From: NZ$749

Departure: Christchurch

Destination: Kaikoura

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Departing from Christchurch, journey along the coast and through the mountains to the town of Kaikoura where you will have the thrill of an up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale!


  • Explore the rugged and wonderful Pacific coast by scenic train
  • Whales, dolphins and sea life – spend the day surrounded by wildlife in Kaikōura
  • Encounter whales on a guided whale-watching experience


Exploring Kaikōura

Join the Coastal Pacific train in Christchurch for a spectacular journey across the Canterbury Plains. Begin your journey by heading north along the coast. Fly over viaducts and traverse through tunnels along the coastal cliff side as you snake between the mountains and the sea. Enjoy morning tea on board as you soak up the views from the comfort of your seat.

On arrival into Kaikōura, you will receive a packed lunch before setting off on your sightseeing tour. Get acquainted with the local seal colonies, discover the dramatic effects of the 2016 earthquake on the Kaikōura coastline, and visit a spectacular viewpoint with views of the peninsular.

After this exciting tour, the rest of the day is yours to explore.

You might want to take to the skies with Wings over Whales to see more of the stunning scenery or a sneak peek of the whales from above.

The Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway starts right in town if you’re looking to stretch your legs and work up an appetite before indulging in the culinary delicacies of Kaikōura. A haven for seafood lovers, you’ll find crayfish (lobster) that gave the town its name, as well as a host of fresh local specialities at many of the restaurants a stone’s throw from your accommodation.  

Whale Watching Adventure

Today will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience of whale watching! After enjoying your inclusive breakfast, head off to experience the thrill of an up-close encounter with the world's largest-toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale. If you would prefer to gain an aerial experience of the wildlife, why not request a plane or helicopter ride to capture the true grandeur of it all?

After this outstanding experience, we're sure you will be feeling peckish. Head to the beach to sample some iconic New Zealand food - you can't go wrong with the humble Kiwiana fish and chips. Work off the deep-fried delights by wandering through the wonderful array of local artisan stores and souvenir shops. 

The afternoon is free for you to explore more of Kaikōura before transferring back to the station to return to Christchurch on the Coastal Pacific train and enjoy dinner onboard on your return journey.


An epic voyage on the Coastal Pacific train

One of the biggest highlights of your whale-watching adventure will be the journey.

Climbing aboard the Coastal Pacific in Christchurch, your coastal discovery break will start in relaxing style as you ease back in your reclined seat and enjoy the views through your panoramic window. 

The Coastal Pacific takes you on an adventure along rugged coastlines, across remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a timeless journey of breathtaking beauty. The cherry on top will be our licensed bar serving drinks throughout the afternoon, this will certainly be a relaxing end to your journey.  


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