to Kaikoura Day Excursion
Christchurch to Kaikoura day excursion is a scenic rail journey
between Christchurch - the South Island’s largest city to
Kaikoura - home of whale watching and dolphin swimming.
Your journey takes you north
through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland
areas of the Canterbury Plains before travelling along the narrow
Pacific Ocean coastline with views of marine wildlife such as seals
and penguins to the town of Kaikoura
You'll have 6 hours to either explore this marine town or take
either the optional Whale Watch tour or swim with Dolphins tour
before returning to Christchurch.
Travel is on the
Coastal Pacific train,
carriages that have advanced air bag suspension system
for quieter and smoother travel, un-tinted, non-reflective,
panoramic side and roof windows to capture the dramatic coastal and
mountain views of the South Island's east coast, GPS triggered
journey commentary in five languages at your seat via passenger
headphones, plus overhead information displays.
carriages are centrally heated, air conditioned with on board
washroom/toilet facilities, forward facing or 'Table' (4 people around a
table) seating allowing you to share experiences through large panoramic
There is an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are
awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air and a Café Carriage with a
selection of alcoholic and hot/cold drinks, snacks and light meals.
Christchurch to Kaikoura train day excursion is a reserved seating 'One Class/ Non-smoking'
The Christchurch to Kaikoura train day excursion operates daily,
departing Christchurch 7.00am and returns to Christchurch 6.21pm.
This train day excursion does not operate on Christmas Day - 25 December.
Departs Christchurch 7.00am and returns Christchurch 6.45pm
online fares and reservations.
This train day excursion connects with the 10.30am Whale Watch tour or the 1.00pm
Whale Watch tour or the Swim with the Dolphins tour is not included in
your Day Excursion train fare.
Seat back and enjoy this scenic rail experience between Christchurch to Kaikoura and back to Christchurch.