A Wonderful 5 Day Whale & National Parks tour

Indulge yourself with two scenic rail journeys, two stunning National Parks and a once in a lifetime opportunity to whale watch.

Day 1:

Christchurch - Kaikoura

The Coastal Pacific train passes through North Canterbury sheep country, then the track skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. The Coastal Pacific Train Journey does not operate from May to October and will be replaced with a coach.  Conditions permitting, enjoy a cruise along the coast of Kaikoura, spot whales and other marine life.

Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.

Preferred accommodation: The White Morph (all standards).

Day 2:

Kaikoura - Blenheim - Nelson

Rejoin the Coastal Pacific train and turn inland to Blenheim. The Coastal Pacific Train Journey does not operate from May to October and will be replaced with a coach. Continue by coach past vineyards built on rich alluvial plains, which produce world class wines to Nelson.

Stay 2 nights in Nelson.
Preferred accommodation: Trailways (bronze/standard) and Rutherford Hotel Nelson (gold/superior).

Please note: The Coastal Pacific train journeys on day 1 and day 2 (Christchurch to Kaikoura to Blenheim) will be replaced by a coach from 5th May to 30th of September.

Day 3:

Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson

Travel to the Abel Tasman National Park through the rich horticultural and orchard country to Motueka. Board your launch at Kaiteriteri 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 to Westport and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks.

Stay 1 night in Greymouth.
Preferred accommodation: Kingsgate Hotel Greymouth (bronze/standard) and The Ashley Hotel (gold/superior).

Day 5:

Greymouth - Christchurch

This morning is at your leisure. Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel through the Southern Alps and across the Canterbury Plains, arriving in Christchurch early evening.

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