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Arthurs Pass Excursion
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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.
The Coastal Pacific carriages 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, 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.
This train is a reserved seating 'One Class/Non-smoking' service.
This train 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.