CANTERBURY CAPERS. Includes "Coastal Pacific" and Tranz Alpine" trains. 8 days/7 nights.
Commences Christchurch every Monday October 14, 2021 - 28 April, 2022. (Minimum 2 passengers).
Day 1. Monday. ARRIVE CHRISTCHURCH.
Arrive Christchurch and you will be transferred to your accommodation.
Day 2. Tuesday. CHRISTCHURCH
We spend most of the day exploring the Garden City. See the Botanical Gardens, Museum, Avon River, New Brighton, Sumner Beach, Port Hills, Lyttelton, the Antarctic centre and Orama Wildlife Park.
Day 3. Wednesday. HANMER SPRINGS
Travel north by mini bus to the charming resort of Hanmer Springs. Free time to relax in the hot pools, take an alpine walk, or any of the adventure activities available. Return to Christchurch.
Day 5. Friday. KAIKOURA EXCURSION.
Transfer to the Railway Station and join the "Coastal Pacific" train departing 7am:for the scenic journey north to the charming resort of Kaikoura with the options of a whale watch cruise ($150 ocean cabin - $180 captains cabin) or flight ($350). Explore the town and maybe try some local crayfish for lunch - own expense. Depart Kaikoura aboard the "Coastal Pacific" again at 4.25pm arriving Christchurch 7.20pm. You will be transferred back to your accommodation.
Day 6. Saturday. CHRISTCHURCH
Free day to explore at your leisure. Optional tour to Akaroa with harbour and dolphin cruise - extra expense.
Day 7. Sunday CHRISTCHURCH - TRANZ ALPINE RETURN .
Transfer to the railway station and join the "Tranz Alpine" train departing 8.15am for one of the most scenic rail journeys in the world across the Canterbury Plains and climbing through the foothills of the Southern Alps criss crossing the Waimakariri River on the way to Arthurs Pass for a brief break. Travel through the Otira tunnel and descend into the rainforest of the West Coast. Pass Lake Brunner and the Grey River and arrive Greymouth 1.05pm. You have an hour to explore Greymouth.
Rejoin the "Tranz Alpine" for your journey across the Southern Alps to Christchurch. You will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 8. Monday. CHRISTCHURCH DEPART. (B)
You will be transferred to the airport for departure.
Why not carry on travelling to Mt Cook (overnight at the Hermitage), Return by Intercity coach to Christchurch tuesday or carry on to Queenstown or Dunedin on our BEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND or MAGNIFICENT SOUTH ISLAND tour.