Blenheim Rail Break; Wine & Wings

Duration: 2 Days

Price: from NZ$949

Departure From: Christchurch

Departure Date: Thursday, Friday, Saturday - September to May

Tour Type: Independent Tour

Meal Plan: B&B and selected meals

Physical Grading: 2/5


Departing from Christchurch station, this delightful Blenheim rail break takes you along remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a scenic experience to the Marlborough wine region.

If you are looking for a relaxing escape to wine country via coastal train experience, then look no further. Travel from rugged coastline through mountains and valleys to emerge into Marlborough’s lush grape-filled vineyards.

Two days of beautifully scenic rail journeys, an overnight at a wonderful local hotel, and incredibly enjoyable wine and heritage experiences will bring your Blenheim rail break to life.

Blenheim Rail Break Highlights

  • Explore the Pacific Coast between Christchurch and Blenheim
  • Sip world-class wine among the vines in Marlborough
  • Discover the sleepy seals on the coastal beaches
  • Visit the celebrated local Oamaka aviation exhibition 
Omaka Aviation Museum

Blenheim Rail Break Coastal Pacific Journey

One of the biggest highlights of your Wine Tasting adventure will be the train journey. Climbing aboard the Coastal Pacific in Christchurch, your coastal discovery break will start in relaxing style as you ease back in your reclined seat and enjoy the views through your panoramic window. 

Explore the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine life and whale watching. We’ll then voyage through to the vineyards of Blenheim, dripping with New Zealand’s premium crop. The Coastal Pacific takes you on an adventure along rugged coastlines, across remote beaches, between mountains and sea, on a timeless journey of breathtaking beauty.

Enjoy the journey as much as the destination

You will be booked in Scenic Class where you will enjoy spacious reclined seats with generous amounts of legroom and comfort, panoramic windows, glass shelves and skylights. And to heighten your comfort, state-of-the-art airbag suspension has been used to guarantee a smooth ride across our rugged New Zealand terrain.

While onboard, you might like a stroll to the Coastal Pacific Scenic Cafe carriage where you’ll find a great selection of hot and cold snacks, drinks and ice creams. Indulge in a freshly brewed specialty tea or barista coffee married with a sumptuous cake? Or perhaps toast your special journey with a bottle of bubbles or craft beer?

The open-air viewing carriage is also great place to get some fresh air and enjoy the great outdoors while on the move on your Blenheim rail break. Capture the magical views on camera and let your short break begin!

Coastal Pacific
Heading south back to Christchurch on the Coastal Pacific

For a detail itinerary, the Coastal Pacific timetable, departure days, and Coastal Pacific fare conditions, please see below.

Should you wish to add a night or two into your itinerary either in Blenheim or add a stop in Kaikoura, let us know at the time of booking. The Blenheim rail break is fully flexible.

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Tour Inclusions

  • Coastal Pacific Train Journey
  • Half-Day Marlborough Wine Tour Experience
  • Packed Lunch
  • Private Tour of Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Exhibition including lunch
  • 1 night accommodation (twin share) in Blenheim
  • Transfers
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in the itinerary.

Pricing Notes

  • Advertised price based on per person, twin share
  • Non-refundable deposit of 20% per person is due at the time of booking
  • Full non-refundable balance of tour payment date will be advised at the time of booking
  • A single supplement is available or you can choose to match up with another single traveller
  • Price is subject to change unless paid in full
  • Full terms and conditions will be advised at the time of booking

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 | Christchurch - Coastal Pacific Train - Blenheim (L)
Board the Coastal Pacific train in Christchurch for a spectacular journey across the Canterbury Plains and heading north along the coast. Fly over viaducts and traverse tunnels through coastal cliffs as you snake between the mountains and the sea. Enjoy morning tea on board as you soak up the views from the comfort of your chair. On arrival in Blenheim, you’ll be collected by your guide with a packed lunch from the train to eat as you head off for a tour of Marlborough’s wineries and cellar doors. Taste the famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and other varieties and learn more about why this region is so suited to wine growing. You’ll be returned to your accommodation following the wine tour to spend the evening at your leisure.
This morning you'll enjoy breakfast at your accommodation before your shuttle arrives for an experience to capture your imagination. You’ll embark on a guided tour of Omaka Aviation Heritage centre, including Sir Peter Jackson’s Knights of the Sky exhibition and the Dangerous Skies WW2 exhibition. Lunch is included at the Omaka café before returning to your accommodation to collect your bags. Then transfer back to the station for your return journey on the Coastal Pacific train and enjoy dinner onboard as you watch the views go by your window.

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