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South Island

Whales & National Parks

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Location Start: Christchurch     End: Christchurch 

Daily departures. Indulge yourself with two scenic rail journeys, two stunning National Parks and once in a lifetime opportunity to whale watch

Tour Options:




Explore NZ by Coach or Self-Drive Car

Whales & National Parks 5 Days, 4 Nights

Departs Daily Tour # TT353

Tour Inclusions:

4 nights accommodation
Transfers within journey
TranzCoastal Train Journey
Whale Watching Tour
Abel Tasman National Park Tour
TranzAlpine Train Journey


All tours are flexible.  Pre and post tour accommodation and airport transfer packages available.

Self drive option –from $1,029 share-twin


Indulge yourself with two scenic rail journeys, two stunning National Parks and once in a lifetime opportunity to whale watch


Day 1: Christchurch - Kaikoura
The TranzCoastal train passes through North Canterbury sheep country, then the track skims the spectacular coastline between the Kaikoura Ranges and the Pacific. Conditions permitting, enjoy a cruise along the coast of Kaikoura, spot whales and other marine life which feed in this area. Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.

Day 2: Kaikoura - Blenheim - Nelson
Rejoin the TranzCoastal train and turn inland to Blenheim. Continue by coach past vineyards built on rich alluvial plains, which produce world class wines to Nelson. Stay 2 nights in Nelson.

Day 3: Nelson - Abel Tasman National Park - Nelson
A full day excursion to the Abel Tasman National Park. Drive through rich horticultural and orchard country to Motueka. Board your launch at Kaiteriteri Beach and choose to remain onboard your launch for the duration of the cruise or disembark to walk part of the track.

Day 4: Nelson - Greymouth
Travel through the Buller Gorge to Westport, and down the coast to the famous Punakaiki Pancake Rocks. Stay 1 night in Greymouth.

Day 5: Greymouth - Christchurch
This morning is at your leisure. Board the renowned TranzAlpine train and travel through the Otira Tunnel, over Arthur's Pass and across the Canterbury Plains. Arrive Christchurch early evening.



Accommodation has been chosen to fit our criteria of value for money, central locations, and guest services provided. All properties include TV and telephone in room and breakfast available on site. Our accommodation providers are fully informed of your travel arrangements and are happy to provide support and information during your stay.


There are five levels of accommodation, offering you a choice that fits your budget and holiday requirements.



Clean, comfortable, value for money accommodation Qualmark rating 3, 3+ Star



Tourist properties with full facilities on site. Qualmark rating 3+, 4 Star



First class tourist properties providing excellent locations and services. Qualmark rating 4, 5 Star




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