2 Day Whales and Trains 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. And, lets face it, there's nothing quiet like the sight of a massive whale next to your boat to excite the eyes. Its all right here, come see for yourself!

View the Humpback Whale off the Kaikoura Coast on a tour from Christchurch


2 Day Whales and Trains Tour

Cruise the Cook Strait aboard the Interislander ferry, described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world"! 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 ending your travels in the garden city of Christchurch.


Tour Type:

Independent Tours


Wellington to Christchurch




2 Days

Tour Code:



Regions Visited

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Wellington Picton Kaikoura Christchurch


Tour Inclusions

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

Prices valid from 1st October 2019




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


This morning, depart on the Interislander ferry for your 3 hour scenic cruise across Cook Strait to Picton. Upon arrival in Picton you will have time for lunch before departing on the Coastal Pacific train*. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you travel through Blenheim and on to the rugged Kaikoura coastline, arriving into Kaikoura mid afternoon. This afternoon is at leisure – perhaps a stroll through the township or a walk along the beach.

Stay: Kaikoura

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


This morning enjoy a 3 hour cruise with Kaikoura Whale Watch to marvel at the giant sperm whale and the dusky dolphin. Kaikoura Whale Watch has won many international awards for tourism excellence and marine conservation. You then have free time until your mid afternoon departure on the Coastal Pacific train*. Relax and enjoy your journey southward to Christchurch following the coastline for a short distance. Travelling through the mixed cropping farming areas of North Canterbury and the rapidly expanding vineyard areas of Waipara to Christchurch.

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