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Christchurch to Kaikoura Day Excursion

Christchurch to Kaikoura Day Excursion route mapThe 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, traveling in 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.

Whale Watching in KaikouraAll 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 windows.  

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.

The Christchurch to Kaikoura train day excursion is a reserved seating 'One Class/ Non-smoking' service.

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

For online fares and reservations.

This train day excursion connects with the 10.30am Whale Watch tour or the 1.00pm Dolphin Swim.

The 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.

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