Tour Description :
Ideal for train enthusiasts, this tour includes The Tranz Alpine (TM) through the splendid Southern Alps and The Tranz Coastal (TM) journey down the wild east coastline to Kaikoura, New Zealand's internationally acclaimed Whale Watching destination.Enroute see the wonderful West Coast Punakaiki Blow Holes, visit the city of Nelson and tour the popular wineries of Marlborough.
Places of Interest:
Day One - Christchurch/ Greymouth/ Punakaiki
Travel on one of the world’s top six-train journeys west over the Canterbury Plains towards this great SOUTHERN ALPINE range that divides the west and east of the South Island. Enjoy panoramic views as your journey continues over viaducts and through a series of tunnels towards Arthur’s Pass National Park. Descend through the infamous 15-kilometre long Otira Tunnel and lush west coast rain forest before arriving at Greymouth. Travel north by InterCity coach to Punakaiki for your overnight stay.
Day Two - Pancake Rocks/Buller Gorge/Nelson
Spend the morning at this wild and beautiful coastal location PUNAKAKI famous for it’s “Pancake” shape limestone rock formations and spectacular “Blow Holes” formed by the constant surf. See huge amounts of seawater compress and explode vertically through these rock formations. Join your coach mid afternoon for Nelson travelling via Westport and The Buller Gorge. We recommend that you visit one of the many local cafes in the central area and enjoy the artistic ambience of the area.
Day Three - Marlborough Wineries
Head east towards BLENHEIM from Nelson via the state forests to your accommodation for the evening. Once checked in join the Deluxe Coachlines tour of the Marlborough Wineries. The tour visits four of the better-known producers in the area. Learn about, sample and purchase if you wish from a variety of award-winning wines. Evening at leisure, maybe with a special bottle of wine over dinner at your accommodation in Blenheim.
Day Four - Kaikoura Coast
Depart Blenheim aboard your Intercity coach bound for Kaikoura. Your journey takes you past the Lake Elsmere salt producing area then down the rugged coastline to KAIKOURA TOWNSHIP. Arriving early afternoon we suggest that you spend time in the township taking in the audio visual at the Visitors Centre. This presentation highlights the unique layout of the coastal terrain and why so many whales and other marine creatures are attracted to the area. Evening at leisure, we suggest a walk at sunset along the Promenade.
Day Five -Whale Watch/TranzCoastal™/Christchurch
Join a three hour cruise early or mid morning with KAIKOURA WHALEWATCH. Travel aboard a purpose built high-speed catamaran with observation decks out to the areas where the large sperm whales are found feeding. Whales are in the area all year round due to the abundance of Krill, their main food source. Continue to Christchurch mid afternoon aboard the TranzCoastal™ train. The initial part of the journey is along the coastline south of Kaikoura providing some unique scenes including basking Sea lions, large crops of Plankton swaying in the surf and coastal bird life. Arrive in Christchurch around 7.00pm.Return to Christchurch by coach or train.
Tour Operates Daily
- Pick up and drop off times are to be confirmed in your itinerary.
- Departs Christchurch railway station at 9.00am.
- Terminates 7.00pm day five.
- Fare includes: Four nights accommodation, wine tasting tour, whale watching, two train journeys, coach and tax.
- Operates daily.
Exclusive Accomodation Price
Single Room - NZ$ 2344.00 per person
Share Twin - NZ$ 1616.00 per person
Share Triple - NZ$ 1478.00 per person