4 Day South Island Nature & Whale Cruises
4 Day South Island Nature & Whale Cruises
Christchurch is New Zealand's second-largest city and the gateway to the South Island. Enjoy the luxury of the George Hotel, take in the wildlife of Kaikoura and Akaroa on this 4 day itinerary.
|Tour Name:||4 Day South Island Nature & Whale Cruises|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
|Valid:||Jan 2020 - March 2021|
|Price:||From (NZD) $1747 per person||Duration:||4 Days|
|3 nights’ accommodation at The George Hotel|
|Fully guided small group tour to Akaroa including lunch, Nature cruise & Cheese Factory|
|Fully guided small group tour to Kaikoura including whale watch cruise, cafe lunch, fur seal colony and wine-tasting|
Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel January 2020 – March 2021. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $250 per person is required at time of booking.
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City! Disembark, pass through customs, collect your luggage and make your way to your luxury boutique hotel – it’s time to start your holiday.
The George epitomises supreme comfort and is renowned for offering a personalised stay as well as attentive staff. Located in the heart of Christchurch overlooking the picturesque Hagley Park and river Avon, you will find this peaceful Christchurch accommodation just steps from the cultural precinct and key attractions.
What should you do with the rest of the day? Take it slow, sit back and relax, punting down the River Avon through the stunning Christchurch Botanic Gardens.
Travel to Akaroa, over the beautiful Banks Peninsula on a high summit route which gives glorious views of farmlands, Akaroa Harbour, the Canterbury Plains and the distant Southern Alps as well as remote bays indenting the coastline.
You have an opportunity to wander around the charming 150 year old French harbour side village of Akaroa with it’s museum of settlers’ history, art and craft shops and studios before enjoying lunch at an award winning cafe.
Join the Eco-marine Nature and Harbour cruise on the Akaroa Harbour. Your cruise is packed with highlights including the rare, New Zealand native dolphin – the Hector’s Dolphin, as well as penguins and other sea birds. You’ll see giant volcanic sea cliffs and hear about Akaroa’s fascinating past.
Each cruise is fully narrated by your skipper who has extensive knowledge of the nature, wildlife and history of the harbour. On the journey back we visit the Cheese Factory at Barry’s Bay, the only one remaining on the peninsula from a bygone era.
After departing Christchurch you travel through the beautiful rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant Sperm Whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.
On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to your whale watch tour. Look for majestic Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins. Other sightings might include Southern Right, Humpback and Pilot whales. Enjoy a cafe lunch and drive to a lookout with spectacular views of the peninsula as well as the Pacific Ocean.
Visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. Experience some local wines at either a Kaikoura or Waipara Winery.
Sadly, your holiday has finished. Make your way out to the airport for your onward flight.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
You won’t pay more by booking your short break holiday with Relaxing Journeys. We have access to discounted industry rates and special deals, only available to those in the travel trade. So the amount we make on each short break, is the difference between these rates and retail rates that you would pay if you booked it all yourself. Of course, you also get peace of mind that all is organised professionally and you get our fantastic service thrown in! There will be occasions where a property may release a ‘walk in’ deal that may better our quote, however our prices are the best available at the time of booking.
Your dedicated tour consultant will email you through a quote. If it looks good, then full payment is required to confirm the booking (within 45 days) or a deposit of $100 per person is required outside this period. This must be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). We do not charge credit card fees on our short break packages. If the properties listed in the holiday package are unavailable at this time, we will provide you with alternatives until you are happy.
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Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish – or you can just book the short break ‘as is’, and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking ‘Confirm Availability’ on the right of this page.
The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.
Once your deposit has been paid and you have received your deposit confirmation, we will organise your short break and when completed (normally within 48 hours) we will email you confirmation. When you pay your balance (45 days before the start date) we will email you a ‘Short Break Voucher’ shortly after along with your arrival information and everything else you need. Print this off and take it with you to NZ.
Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
44-22 days prior to departure – 25%
21-10 days prior to departure – 35%
9 days or less prior to departure – 50%
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