Wonderful Whale Watching

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Get up close and personal with whales and other marine life.

Whale watching is a must-do Kiwi tourism experience. And the home of whale watching is the coastal village of Kaikoura; it's the ideal spot to experience this wild coast teeming with marine mammals and a stop on the Coastal Pacific train.

The Whale watch crew have daily trips in search of whales and other marine wildlife. Accommodation is at the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel – a small hotel where you will feel most welcome. Breakfast is included, as are return transfers between the hotel and the railway station.

Another option is a day trip from Christchurch to Kaikoura and back, with enough time for whale watching and a quick bite to eat.

Whale Watch Escapes are only available over the Coastal Pacific's extended summer season. 

Whale Watch day trip

$305 per person

Available 26 September 2014 - 3 May 2015

  • Travel between Christchurch and Kaikoura (return)
  • Whale Watch tour

Wellington/Christchurch Whale Watching

$469 per person (share twin)

Available 26 September 2014 - 3 May 2015

  • Travel between Wellington and Christchurch (one way)
    or Christchurch and Wellington (one way)
  • Accommodation including breakfast at the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
  • Whale Watch tour
  • Transfers between the train station and hotel
  • Interislander ferry crossing

Note: in the event of whale watching being cancelled due to adverse sea conditions an alternative scenic flight will be offered. If this alternative is also weather affected then a refund of the Whale Watch portion of your tour will be made. Children under 3yrs are not permitted on the Whale Watch portion of this Escape.

Package Terms & Conditions

Itinerary

Day Trip from Christchurch

Depart Christchurch train station
7.00 am
Arrive Kaikoura train station
9.54 am
Report to Whale Watch check-in office        
10.00 am
Whale Watch Tour returns
1.15 pm
Free time
Board train for southbound journey to Christchurch
3.28 pm
Arrive Christchurch train station
6.21 pm

 

Christchurch to Wellington

Depart Christchurch train station
7.00 am
Arrive Kaikoura train station
9.54 am
Transfer to Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
Transfer to Whale Watch check-in office
12.30 pm
Whale Watch Tour returns
4.00 pm
Transfer back to Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
Overnight accommodation including breakfast
Transfer to Kaikoura train station for journey north
Board train for northbound journey
9.54 am
Arrive Picton ferry terminal
12.13 pm
Interislander ferry departs Picton
1.05 pm
Arrive Wellington ferry terminal
4.30 pm

 

Wellington to Christchurch

Depart Wellington on the Interislander ferry
8.15 am
Arrive Picton ferry terminal
11.40 am
Depart Picton train station
1.00 pm
Arrive Kaikoura train station
3.28 pm
Transfer to Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
Free afternoon
Overnight accommodation including breakfast
Transfer to Whale Watch check-in office
10.00 am
Whale Watch Tour returns
1.15 pm
Free time
2-3.08pm
Board train for southound journey to Christchurch
3.28 pm
Arrive Christchurch train station
6.21 pm