• Pricing From $6,400 pp
  • Single Supplement FREE
  • From Christchurch
  • Duration 7 Days
  • Max Group Size 20
  • Activity Level Easy Going
  • Departs 30 Jan 2020
  • Returns 5 Feb 2020

Join Bill Peach Journeys to discover the breathtaking vistas offered on New Zealand’s South Island coast. With the Pacific Ocean lapping on one side and the Kaikoura ranges rising majestically on the other, the Coastal Pacific is undoubtedly one of the world’s most picturesque rail journeys. As the train skirts around secluded bays and across isolated beaches, have your camera ready as words cannot express the sights that unfold. From the scenic port town of Picton we discover the serene magnificence of the Marlborough Sounds indulging in the freshest of seafood and wine, for which the region is world renowned. Moving on to the pristine spectacle of Abel Tasman National Park reveals yet more coastal splendour as we cruise this awe-inspiring waterway.

It is not hard to see why the south island of New Zealand is considered to be one of the most sublime places on earth! The stunning scenery and tranquil waterways highlight the remarkable diversity and beauty of this coastal region. Add stylish accommodation and exceptional meals – the perfect journey!

Highlights

  • Stay at stylish accommodation throughout including the Distinction Christchurch and Sofitel Wellington
  • Travel along the spectacular east coast of the South Island of New Zealand from Christchurch in the south to Picton on the Coastal Pacific train
  • Explore the dramatic landscapes of Abel Tasman National Park on the northern tip of the South Island
  • Enjoy a seafood and wine cruise through the Marlborough Sounds to view the natural beauty of this environment
  • Touring of picturesque Picton, Marlborough, Nelson and Wellington
  • All meals - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Your own room with no single supplement charge
  • Escorted throughout by a dedicated Journey Director

Tour Departures

Tour Code CP2020
Departs 30 Jan 2020
Returns 5 Feb 2020
Price From $6,400 pp
Single Supplement FREE
Day 1: Arrive Christchurch

Upon arrival in Christchurch transfer to the Distinction Hotel – a new hotel in the centre of Christchurch’s redeveloped town centre. Tonight there will be a special welcome dinner on board the Colonial Tramcar restaurant which will incorporate fabulous dining with sightseeing showcasing Christchurch’s inner city vibrancy and heritage.

Overnight: Distinction Hotel or similar

Day 2: Christchurch - Picton - Marlborough

In the crisp early morning, the Coastal Pacific departs Christchurch, heading on its northbound coastal journey along New Zealand’s wild coastlines, pressed against the sea by rugged cliffs that rise from the Pacific Ocean to form the Kaikoura mountain ranges. It is pure seaside magic, with New Zealand’s best scenery, wildlife and engineering feats filling the windows as the Coastal Pacific winds around bend after bend. We arrive in Picton for lunch followed by a tour of this picturesque seaside town in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.

Overnight: Marlborough Vintners Hotel or similar

Day 3: Marlborough Sounds

This morning enjoy a tour of the Marlborough wine region which is renowned the world over, particularly famed its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. We then embark on a relaxing cruise of the stunning Marlborough Sounds accompanied by fresh local seafood and Marlborough sauvignon blanc for which the region is so well renowned.

Overnight: Marlborough Vintners Hotel or similar

Day 4: Blenheim - Nelson

We transfer by coach to Havelock visiting the Havelock Museum to learn about the area’s history. Discover why this town is named the mussel capital of the world before transferring to Nelson. As the second oldest city in New Zealand, this beautiful town has many historical sites for those wishing to explore and a chance to learn about the history and settlement stories of old.

Overnight: Rutherford Hotel or similar

Day 5: Abel Tasman National Park

A full day to discover the pristine natural wonderland of Abel Tasman National Park. A gourmet private cruise is the perfect way to explore this stunning coastline, from the rugged, rocky headlands to the crystal clear waters where seals can be seen in their natural habitat. We return to Nelson for dinner this evening.

Overnight: Rutherford Hotel or similar

Day 6: Nelson - Wellington

Nelson’s quaint township is home to over 300 full-time artists and craftspeople. This morning explore the extraordinary Wearable Arts Museum, an excellent collection of art uniquely displayed on models. After lunch, we fly commercially to Wellington. This evening is our farewell dinner at a multi award-winning restaurant.

Overnight: Sofitel Wellington or similar

Day 7: Depart Wellington

After breakfast, transfer to Wellington airport. Say farewell to new friends and take away memories of a delightful Coastal New Zealand Sojourn.


About Sojourns

Our Sojourn programmes are short break journeys put together in conjunction with themes, events or experiences. These programmes range from cruising New Zealand’s North Islands to world-class sporting events and unique experiences throughout Australia and New Zealand.

About Single Traveller Journeys

We recognise the specific requirements of single travellers and that’s why a number of our journeys are single supplement free, affording you the benefit of your own single room, without any, or with significantly reduced extra cost. In fact, over 40% of our guests travel alone and return to Bill Peach Journeys again and again. In this way, you can enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow travellers during the day, along with the safety and security of travelling with an escorted group, but still retire to your own personal room in the evening.  Note: The single supplement free offer cannot be taken in conjunction with any other offer.

Fully inclusive

This journey includes accommodation, all meals as specified, touring throughout, transfers, services of a dedicated Journey Director.

Coaches

The coaches that we use for the ground component of this journey are fully air-conditioned.

Pre/Post Tour

Flights from your home port to Christchurch/Wellington are not included in the journey price. Should you require flights to / from Christchurch/Wellington, we can provide a competitive quote on airfares and pre and post tour accommodation.

Level of Fitness Required – Easy Going

These journeys are not physically demanding unless you want them to be. They include easy guided walks, which are mainly on flat ground. There will be times when you are required to board a launch for shore excursions. You must be able to walk up to 500 metres unaided and will not need any foreseen assistance throughout the journey. For all clients to fully enjoy this travel experience, excellent health and mobility is required by all.

We strongly urge you to consider the fitness rating before selecting your preferred journey, in respect for your fellow travellers. Bill Peach Journeys reserves the right to refuse travel to any client whose fitness level is below the recommended rating.

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance to cover you against such things as personal illness or accident, cancellation, loss of baggage etc. Please make sure you carry a copy of your Travel Insurance policy with you at all times.

Terms and Conditions

Please refer to the T&C’s for more information. Terms & Conditions (PDF)