6 Day Coastal Pacific Rail Journey
The accommodationDay 1 - 2 Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand's capital, is a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Fuel your visit with strong coffee and world-class craft beer, with an array of cafes, restaurants, night markets and food trucks. Wander through hidden laneways and discover street art, experience the interactive National Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, and be inspired by over 55 galleries.
The region's awe-inspiring landscapes create the perfect backdrop for movie-making magic, which can be experienced behind the scenes in Oscar-winning studios. Visit Weta Workshop for a must-see half day experience where you will see incredible props and costumes from films like The Hobbit, Avatar and Thunderbirds Are Go! Or join a full day tour where you will visit the best Lord of the Rings locations around Wellington, including a visit to the Weta Workshop, making it a great day for any Middle-earth fanatic, or general film fan.
Stay 2 nights in Wellington.Day 3 Wellington to Kaikoura (via Interislander Ferry & The Coastal Pacific Train)
Sail across the Cook Straight from Wellington to Picton on the Interislander ferry. This journey is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world and one of New Zealand's most iconic experiences. Once you reach Picton, connect onto the Coastal Pacific train to Kaikoura. The waters off the rocky peninsula provide a rich habitat for marine life and seabirds. Kaikoura is famous for whale watching; it lies within the Southern Hemisphere Whale Sanctuary, and several species of whale can be sighted here during the year, predominantly the huge sperm whale.
Kaikoura is famous for its fresh, delicious seafood with the Maori translation of Kaikoura meaning 'food of crayfish'. You must try the local crayfish and mussels with the most famous place to get this is Nins Bin, a food truck located by the beach. Order the garlicky-buttered crayfish, sit on the beach and listen to the sound of the waves on the shore as you tuck in.
Stay 1 night in Kaikoura.Day 4 Kaikoura to Christchurch (via The Coastal Pacific Train)
This morning enjoy a half day dolphin watch where you will be taken by boat to observe these incredible wild dolphins! This is a picturesque tour along the Kaikoura coastline and operates in the open ocean. The dusky dolphin is typically one of the most interactive and acrobatic species of dolphin in the world, which means you will be privileged with a once in a lifetime experience!
This afternoon embark on the Coastal Pacific train once again and travel through the idyllic Canterbury Plains to Christchurch.
Stay 2 nights in Christchurch.Day 5 - 6 Christchurch
Christchurch is known as the 'Garden City' for its award-winning expanse of parks and gardens. Hire a bike or stroll through the botanic gardens through the north and south Hagley Parks for a lovely day out, take a leisurely punt ride down the picturesque Avon River, and head up to Summit Road for panoramic views over the city. While in the city, don't miss a visit to the International Antarctic Centre, showcasing the grandeur of the Antarctic through sound and light shows and interactive exhibits. With an eclectic assortment of cafes, bars and restaurants dotted around the city, unique shopping malls and fascinating museums, art spaces, and tram and gondola rides, there is plenty to see and do.
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