Great Journeys of New Zealand - 6 Day Wellington to Christchurch Signature Tour
Wellington to Christchurch
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Great Journeys of New Zealand - 6 Day Wellington to Christchurch Signature Tour

Join a luxurious a scenic experience across the Cook Strait, past coastal beaches, and through mountain valleys. Sip world-class wine among the vines in Marlborough, spend the day surrounded by wildlife in Kaikōura, and explore New Zealand’s city life in Wellington, Picton, Kaikoura, and Christchurch.

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This suggested tour costs from NZD$4,499 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Wellington, finishes in Christchurch

6 days/5 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Pre and post tour options? YES

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Tour Inclusions

Interislander ferry crossing
Marlborough gourmet wine tour
Coastal Pacific Rail Journey
Whale Watch Kaikoura tour
Christchurch Tram
5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
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Day 1: Welcome to Wellington
Accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Day 2: Cross the Cook Straight on the interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton
Accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Day 3: Picton to Kaikoura on the Coastal Pacific Train
Accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Day 4: Kaikoura to Christchurch on the Coastal Pacific Train
Accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Day 5: Discover the regenerated city of Christchurch
Accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Day 6: Depart Christchurch Today

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Detailed itinerary: 6 day tour starting in Wellington

Day 1 - Welcome to Wellington
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Explore Wellington

Welcome to Wellington – New Zealand’s windy capital! Wellington is known for its world-class dining, great coffee and eccentric shops. Your great journey will officially begin the moment you check into your hotel room. After reading your welcome letter from your Tour Director, head out and explore all that Wellington has to offer.  This is the perfect opportunity to get cultured at Te Papa Museum or grab a drink at one of the many quirky bars on Cuba Street. You may even fancy a ride on the cable car!
After an exciting day on the town, join your fellow travellers as well as the Tour Director at this evening’s welcome reception.

Your accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Dinner
Day 2 - Cross the Cook Straight on the interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton
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Adventure to the South - Haere ra to Te Ika a Maui

This morning you will say Haere ra to Te Ika a Maui (good-bye to the North Island) as you sail to the South Island, crossing the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry. As the shores of the North Island slowly disappear, enjoy a hearty seafaring breakfast in the Ocean View restaurant.
Around mid-day, you will be spoiled with harbour views entering the Queen Charlotte Sound. Admire the beauty of this coastal paradise as you arrive at the gateway of the South Island; Picton. Step off the Interislander Ferry and join your next world-class experience on a Marlborough Wine Tour!

Your accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 3 - Picton to Kaikoura on the Coastal Pacific Train
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 6 Day Wellington to Christchurch Signature Tour - Day 3
Picton to Kaikoura on the Coastal Pacific Train

The morning is yours to explore sunny Picton. Meander through the local craft stores and coastal walks, or perhaps take a cruise to the Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy the waterfront cafes before boarding the Coastal Pacific train for another highlight rail journey through the Marlborough Wine Region.
Today you will be travelling into Kaikōura. Relax and let the train glide you across remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a timeless journey of breathtaking beauty. Keep an eye out for the fur seals lazing on the rocks!
Once in Kaikōura, the evening will be yours to enjoy some iconic kai moana (seafood) at one of the quaint restaurants.

Your accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 4 - Kaikoura to Christchurch on the Coastal Pacific Train
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 6 Day Wellington to Christchurch Signature Tour - Day 4
Kaikoura to Christchurch on the Coastal Pacific Train

Today will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience of whale watching! Enjoy today’s thrill of an up-close encounter with the world's largest-toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale. If you would prefer to gain an aerial experience of the wildlife, why not request a plane or helicopter ride to capture the true grandeur of it all?
After this outstanding experience, we're sure you will be feeling peckish. Head to the beach to sample some iconic New Zealand food - you can't go wrong with the humble Kiwiana fish and chips. Work off the deep-fried delights by wandering through the wonderful array of local artisan stores and souvenir shops.
In the late afternoon, your journey will continue, once again, on the Coastal Pacific Train en route to Christchurch, or “The Garden City”. The spectacular scenery doesn’t cease to amaze as you journey south through the rolling hills and flat plains. Enjoy the relaxing journey with a glass of wine in hand from the scenic café.
Enjoy a peaceful evening before hitting the town the following day.

Your accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast
Day 5 - Discover the regenerated city of Christchurch
Great Journeys of New Zealand - 6 Day Wellington to Christchurch Signature Tour - Day 5
Explore Christchurch

Christchurch, the hub for South Island exploration is also a wonderful city that blends modern architecture and technology with the existing 19th-century Anglican influence. Often remembered for its earthquake in 2011, the city is still rebuilding itself into a multicultural haven. So, without further delay, jump on the historic tram to learn the history, tales and culture of Ōtautahi Christchurch.
Enjoy your free time as you explore the Arts Centre, Quake City Museum, Antarctic Centre, and botanical gardens. There is also a multitude of delicious cafes tucked into quaint side streets we're sure you will love. If you are in the mood for something different, set off for Akaroa, an ‘incroyable’ French coastal settlement just outside the city. 
Dinner awaits as you join your fellow travellers once again to tell them about the exciting places you discovered. 

Your accommodation: 4-4.5 Star Hotel

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Depart Christchurch Today
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Depart Christchurch

Your journey will finish after breakfast. You will be transferred to Christchurch Airport for your departing flight.

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