Coastal pacific train journey
We all know that New Zealand is perfect for road trips, but did you know that we also have incredible train journeys? The Coastal Pacific, which travels from Picton to Christchurch with the Pacific Ocean at its side is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque journeys in the world. Start your journey in Blenheim where you can enjoy the fresh produce and wine that make this region is so famous, before joining the Coastal Pacific train bound for Kaikoura. Experience world famous and very unique tree-house style accommodation while getting to know the local wildlife by air and sea. Continue south on your train journey to Christchurch, where the spectacular gardens and culinary delights at one of New Zealand’s leading lodges awaits.
French Fields (2 nights)
Experience the country style that is French Provencal: French Fields is a pleasing mix of old and new; of soft colours and dappled light; of shutters that shelter from the heat and cold; and fields of lavender and olives that invite you to wander. All rooms are sunshine facing and have glorious views in every direction ... across our lavender fields and olives to neighbouring vineyards and out to the beautiful Marlborough ranges.
Private Gourmet Wine & Food Tour
This morning you will be collected from your accommodation to enjoy your full day wine tour.
Blenheim, the heart of Marlborough, is renowned for wine, in particular Sauvignon Blanc. Explore wineries from small boutique family owned to well renown Cloudy Bay, Brancott, Forest Estate, Nautulis Wines. With around 20 wineries, a range of boutique breweries, an incredible range of cafes and restaurants and even a world class distillery, Marlborough really is a fantastic destination. Visits can be included to local producers of gourmet preserves, fruit liquors and art galleries where you can meet the artist. Another option can be to drive through beautiful farming and vineyards to Cloudy Bay at Rarangi Beach and see how close Wellington is.
KiwiRail Scenic Journeys
The Coastal Pacific train journey travels between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island’s largest city. This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Travel through some of New Zealand’s finest horticultural and farmland areas, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of your train carriage. Today you will stop in the village of Kaikoura, where you will break your journey to take in the whale watching or if you dare to get closer you can swim with the dolphins.
Hapuku Lodge (2 nights)
Hapuku Lodge is surrounded by an expansive deer farm and 1000 tree olive grove and situated in one of the most spectacular settings in New Zealand, nestled between the Kaikoura Seaward Mountain Range and famed Mangamaunu Bay. Designed by a family of architects and designers as a contemporary country lodge, Hapuku Lodge offers six guest rooms, a stand alone spacious apartment, five luxury Tree Houses and a dedication to creating exciting food from local, seasonal ingredients.
Kaikoura Ultimate Helicopter Adventure
This morning enjoy a heli-experience in which you will enjoy whale watching as well as landings at the newly created Hapuku Dam 'Quake Lake', plus an Alpine landing on the top of Mount Fyffe for incredible views of beautiful Kaikoura and the Pacific Ocean. Explore magnificent vistas of coastal shores, picturesque landscapes, majestic mountain ranges, and diverse marine wildlife in a way only a helicopter can.
Soaring above Seaward Kaikoura Ranges, towering over 2500 metres straight out of the Pacific Ocean, or orbiting above our multitude of marine animals including our resident sperm whales, dusky dolphins, and NZ fur seals and other whale species migrating through.
Whale Watch Boat Tour
This afternoon join the Whale Watch Boat Tour.
Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are year-round residents and a typical Whale Watch tour may also encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. You could also see Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales and Orca.
Otahuna Lodge (1 night)
Otahuna Lodge is located at the head of a secluded valley on New Zealand’s South Island is a place of replenishment and refinement. It is a place where prestigious luxury accommodation meets exemplary service and cuisine in the context of an elegant, historic country estate. A place where guests receive the warmest welcome and indulge wholeheartedly in the sense of occasion presented by lavish surroundings.