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. It's all right here, come see for yourself!

Dusky Dolphin, Kaikoura

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


Christchurch to Wellington


Daily Except 25 December


2 Days

Tour Code:



Regions Visited

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Christchurch          Kaikoura Wellington


Tour Inclusions

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

Prices for the period 1st October 2018 to 30th September 2020




Twin/Double $631 NZD $669 NZD Enquire
Triple $602 NZD $649 NZD Enquire
Single $747NZD $783 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.



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


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 travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

Day By Day Itinerary


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


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