2 Day Coastal Kaikoura Explorer Tour

There’s nothing like a massive sperm whale right next to your boat to excite the eyes! That’s likely what you’ll get on this tour. Kaikoura is a stunning spot with an extraordinary array of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals and albatross all of which you could come across during your whale watching cruise. Its all right here, come see for yourself!

2 Day Coastal Kaikoura Explorer Tour

Board the Coastal Pacific train for your journey along the rugged coastline to Kaikoura - keep a eye out the picturesque windows for seals sunbathing on the coastal rocks. Spend one night in Kaikoura and enjoy a Whalewatch Cruise before heading across the Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry, described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world"!
Tour Type: Independent Tours
From: Christchurch to Wellington
Departs: Daily Except 25 December
Duration: 2 days
Tour Code: 2KC

Regions Visited

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Christchurch, Kaikoura, Picton and Marlborough Sounds, Wellington

Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Kaikoura Whalewatch Cruise

Day By Day Itinerary

South Island tours

Board the Coastal Pacific train* for your journey North to the seaside resort of Kaikoura. See rolling farmland, the beautiful Kaikoura coastline and the rugged Kaikoura mountain range.

On arrival into Kaikoura join a 3 hour cruise with Kaikoura Whalewatch to marvel at the giant sperm whale and the dusky dolphin. This afternoon is at leisure to explore Kaikoura.

Stay: Kaikoura

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

New Zealand Tours

You will be transferred to the Kaikoura railway station to meet with the Coastal Pacific train*. Enjoy the rugged Kaikoura coastline and the imposing seaward Kaikoura mountain range as you make your way to Picton.

Upon arrival in Picton, board the Interislander ferry for your 3 hour scenic cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to Wellington.

* Travel may be by coach if the Coastal Pacific train is not operating

Average Score: 5 (2 ratings)
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I have just returned from Christchurch after taking the Whale Watching trip from Wellington. Everything went well – we saw not one, but three whales! plus Hector and Dusky dolphins.

The weather was superb. Even Christchurch rose to the occasion with only two small tremors while I was there.

I cannot speak too highly of your organisation of the four trips I have now experienced. It takes a lot of hassle out of travelling when one knows connections, transport and accommodation are arranged. The only snag this time was the delay of over an hour before my plane left Christchurch – but that wasn’t your fault! I have long learned always to carry a book when going for a plane.

Thank you all for the good work you are doing to encourage travel in New Zealand. I look forward to your new brochure and hope I will be able to make another trip.
Best wishes
Just to say thank you so much for arranging the 2 Day Coastal Kaikoura Explorer Tour and the added accommodation in Christchurch.

I really enjoyed the trip. Saw a whale, an albatross and lots of dolphins. Great fun. Marlborough Sound was beautiful. Everything went extremely smoothly, even the weather was good! It was so sad to see Christchurch in its present state, but I shall look forward to seeing a whole new city in the future. What a design opportunity, I’m sure it will be amazing.
Thank you again.

Prices valid from 1st October 2020

Accommodation Standard Superior  
Twin/Double $671 NZD $694 NZD Enquire / Book
Triple $626 NZD $673 NZD Enquire / Book
Single $775 NZD $810 NZD Enquire / Book
Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.
Frequently Asked Questions – Independent Tours

What is an Independent Tour?
Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people traveling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are traveling independently.  However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

What dates do your tours depart?
The Pacific Travel Independent Tour programme operates on a daily basis (with daily departures) using the services of Great Sights, InterCity, Interislander and KiwiRail. All tours are subject to availability at time of booking.

What is included in the tour cost?
All tours 2+ days in length include coach travel, transfers, accommodation and sightseeing activities where specified. A detailed travel wallet with your travel vouchers and comprehensive itinerary will be sent to you or delivered to your pre tour accommodation for you to collect on check in.

What is not included in the tour cost?
Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing (except where stated in the itinerary) are not included in the tour cost.

I am travelling alone – can I pay the triple or twin share rate and be linked with other travellers?
No, unfortunately. You must pay the single room – per person cost.

I am travelling with children, what price will I pay?
Please contact us for information on child fares, as these vary based on the specific product you require. Some sightseeing activities are unsuitable for children.

Are any meals included in the tour cost?
Our Superior accommodation option includes breakfast. No other meals are included in the tour cost except where stated in the itinerary. The coach makes various refreshment / comfort stops throughout the day where food can be purchased. Each evening you are free to relax and dine at you choice of restaurant either on site if you choose Superior accommodation, or just a short walk into town if staying in Standard accommodation.

Is Halal food available in New Zealand?
Along with a small population of Muslims, New Zealand has an increasing number of Muslim visitors. Halal food and restaurants are now found in many areas of the country.

Do Independent Tours have a tour escort?
As these tours are Independent, you do not have an escort traveling with you. However all coach drivers are experienced professionals. They will share their vast knowledge of our country with you by providing an informative commentary on most routes.

Can I add in additional nights to a tour?
Yes you can. All tours are very flexible. Please ask one of our Travel Consultants for extra nightly rates.

What is the difference between Standard & Superior accommodation? 
Standard:  Motor Lodge, apartment style accommodation, self-contained accommodation, ensuite bathrooms.
Superior: 4 star hotel accommodation, includes breakfast.

Note all accommodation is reviewed regularly by staff, we have high standards and good relationships with all our providers. We endeavour where possible to book accommodation that is within easy walking distance of the centre of town.

What if I cannot find exactly what I am looking for on the website?
Let us know what is on your wish list to see and do and we are more than happy to help you plan a customised tour.

How much luggage can I take on my tour?
Each passenger may take 2 pieces of luggage (max 25kg each). For safety reasons, each passenger is limited to one carry on item (max 5kg). We also advise you check the maximum baggage allowance with your chosen airline.

How do I make a payment for a tour?
For bookings made more than 30 days prior to travel, Pacific Travel require a deposit of NZ$50 per person. This deposit is non-refundable. Balance of payment is due 30 days prior to travel. For bookings made 30 days or less prior to travel, full payment is required at the time of booking. Visa & MasterCard are accepted forms of payment. A 2.5% Credit Card Fee applies to all payments by credit card. You may pay via direct bank transfer to avoid the credit card fee. Bank details will be on your booking advice. All prices advertised are in New Zealand dollars and are GST inclusive.

What is your cancellation policy?
If after your booking has been confirmed you wish to cancel, the following cancellation fees will apply:
Cancellations 30 or more days prior to travel: Your deposit.
Cancellations 0 – 29 days prior to travel: no refund.
Booking amendments made by you. An amendment fee may be charged, to cover our administration and communication costs. We may also need to pass on any amendment/cancellation fees imposed by our suppliers.

Conditions of travel
Pacific Travel reserves the right to alter fares, amend itineraries, book alternative accommodation or to cancel tours. Pacific Travel Ltd shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage to luggage or personal effects and/or damage resulting in death or personal injury, which may arise whilst travelling with Pacific Travel Ltd or its nominated suppliers. All transportation, both land and sea, is subject to the terms and conditions of the company providing the transport, some of which limit or exclude liability. These are available from the carriers concerned on request.

Will I need travel insurance?
We strongly recommend you purchase travel insurance. Factors may arise that require you to cancel or amend your holiday, so it is essential you are covered for any costs that may be incurred. We recommend purchasing your travel insurance locally at the same time as you book your tour and flights. Pacific Travel Ltd does not sell travel insurance.

Do I need to tip in New Zealand?
If you wish to reward someone for a job well done it is always much appreciated.

Do I need a visa to visit New Zealand?
Most visitors to New Zealand do not require a visa to enter for the purpose of a holiday or vacation under the visa waiver program. If you do need a visa to visit New Zealand then you should contact the New Zealand consulate in your home country well before your departure date. We recommend you also check with your local travel agent or airline for any visa requirements to New Zealand particularly if you are passing through Australia. Information on the New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority (NZeTA) can be found here: https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/nzeta

What currency is used in New Zealand?
The New Zealand dollar is the only legal tender in New Zealand. View a guide between your local currency and the New Zealand dollar. Please note: Your tour and all purchases using a credit card in New Zealand will be charged in New Zealand Dollars (NZD) at the current exchange rate at the time of purchase.

2 Day Coastal Kaikoura Explorer Tour

Tour Type: Independent Tours Tour Code: 2KC From $626 Per Person Departs: Daily Except 25 December There’s nothing like a massive sperm whale right next to your boat to excite the eyes! That’s likely what you’ll get on this tour. Kaikoura is a stunning spot with an extraordinary array of marine life including whales, dolphins, seals and albatross all of which you could come across during your whale watching cruise. Its all right here, come see for yourself! Enquire about this tour

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