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Thrifty Tours2 day Kaikoura and Christchurch Tour

From Wellington to Kaikoura, this 2 day independent coach tour with Thrifty Tours is a fantastic introduction to New Zealand's South Island. Enjoy the trip across the Cook Strait and then drive down the east coast towards Christchurch, stopping in the beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura for a magical whale-watching tour.

 New Zealand independent tour
 Starts in Wellington, finishes in Christchurch
 2 days/ 1 nights
 Hotel 3 star
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Included in this tour package

  • Accommodation: 1 nights, Hotel 3 star
  • Includes: All coach tour transport as specified in this tour package
  • Includes: 1 breakfast
  • Includes: Whale Watch Kaikoura tour
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At a glance - 2 day Kaikoura and Christchurch Tour

Day 1: Wellington to Kaikoura. Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 2: Kaikoura to Christchurch.

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2 day Kaikoura and Christchurch Tour - Detailed Itinerary  

Day 1: Wellington to Kaikoura

2 day Kaikoura and Christchurch Tour - Day 1

Interislander ferry Wellington to Picton

The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes around 3 hours and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world'. Leaving Wellington Harbour you pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand's oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the country's highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph).

From the Cook Strait spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen. Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds and this region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays offer remarkable photographic opportunities. The final leg of your cruise travels through Queen Charlotte Sound before coming to an end in the picturesque town of Picton.

Picton to Kaikoura by Intercity Coach

From Picton you head south on state Highway 1 towards Blenheim which sits right at the heart of the New Zealand's largest wine producing region, Marlborough. Crossing the 'dry hills' of the Marlborough ranges you head towards one of the most spectacular coastlines of the South Island, the Kaikoura Coast. The road hugs the shore for around 50 kilometres and offers many chances to view the native wildlife such as seabirds and New Zealand fur seals. To the east is the turquoise waters of the South Pacific Ocean and to the west the towering Kaikoura Ranges. Kaikoura Township is a bustling little place with many cafes, restaurants and shops but the main reason for visiting here is the wildlife.

Kaikoura Railway Station to Kaikoura Accommodation

Today you will be met at Kaikoura railway station and transferred to your accommodation.

Your Accommodation: The White Morph, Kaikoura

The White Morph sits on the sea front close to restaurants and shops. A great range of accommodation from Superior Studios to Luxury Spa rooms all very well equipped including kitchenettes.

The White Morph, Kaikoura

Day 2: Kaikoura to Christchurch

2 day Kaikoura and Christchurch Tour - Day 2

Kaikoura accommodation to Kaikoura Railway Station

Today you will be met at your accommodation by a representative from Kaikoura Shuttles and transported to your point of departure.

Whale Watch Kaikoura

New Zealand's only marine based whale watching company, Whale Watch Kaikoura offer visitors a once-in-a-lifetime up close encounter with the giant sperm Whale. You are also likely to encounter New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and albatross. Depending on the season you may also see pilot, blue and southern right whales as well as migrating humpbacks. Often orcas can be spotted here and the world's smallest dolphin, the Hectors, is sometimes seen.
You'll be taken out in modern catamarans specifically designed for whale watching - featuring large passenger cabins and outside viewing decks. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept below the vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one.

Kaikoura to Christchurch by Intercity Coach

The drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch continues to follow the spectacular coastline before heading inland and through North Canterbury's major wine region, the Waipara Valley. You are also introduced to the South Island's most numerous inhabitant, the sheep. Arriving into Christchurch City puts you close to the airport and the International Antarctic Centre and a visit is highly recommended. Here you can get as close to experiencing life on the frozen continent without actually visiting plus see New Zealand little blue penguins and ride in a Haaglund Tracked vehicle.

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