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Full-Day Kaikoura Whale-Watching Tour

by Canterbury Leisure Tours Duration 11h 30m Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per adult Price is NZ$325
1.9/5 Wotif Guest Rating View all 4 Wotif Verified Reviews

Keep your eyes peeled for the explosive blasts of sea spray from the resident giant sperm whales that call the Kaikoura Peninsula home. Along the way, you may even catch a glimpse of orcas, fur seals, dolphins and seabirds as you cruise through this marine paradise on your whale-watching boat tour.

Ride from Christchurch through the hill country of North Canterbury to Kaikoura in a comfortable coach. Once you arrive, hop aboard a modern, ocean-going vessel as it embarks into green waters framed by snow-capped mountains. Experienced captains and crew know exactly where to go for the best viewing opportunities for sperm whales and provide expert commentary throughout your trip.

As you navigate between viewing spots, enjoy the covered enclosures that keep you warm and dry on deck, but don’t stop looking for more wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might see playful pods of dolphins racing alongside the boat or albatross and petrels gracefully riding in the breeze above.

No matter where you look, there’s always a chance to see something new as you continue your search to find one of the largest species of whale in the world. Fortunately, with a 95% sighting guarantee and year-round tours, Kaikoura’s biggest residents are almost always up for a visit.

Back at the dock, take an hour to explore Kaikoura or grab a bite to eat at one of the local cafes before jumping back on the bus and riding back to Christchurch.

Keep your eyes peeled for the explosive blasts of sea spray from the resident giant sperm whales that call the Kaikoura Peninsula home. Along the way, you may even catch a glimpse of orcas, fur seals, dolphins and seabirds as you cruise through this marine paradise on your whale-watching boat tour.

Ride from Christchurch through the hill country of North Canterbury to Kaikoura in a comfortable coach. Once you arrive, hop aboard a modern, ocean-going vessel as it embarks into green waters framed by snow-capped mountains. Experienced captains and crew know exactly where to go for the best viewing opportunities for sperm whales and provide expert commentary throughout your trip.

As you navigate between viewing spots, enjoy the covered enclosures that keep you warm and dry on deck, but don’t stop looking for more wildlife. If you’re lucky, you might see playful pods of dolphins racing alongside the boat or albatross and petrels gracefully riding in the breeze above.

No matter where you look, there’s always a chance to see something new as you continue your search to find one of the largest species of whale in the world. Fortunately, with a 95% sighting guarantee and year-round tours, Kaikoura’s biggest residents are almost always up for a visit.

Back at the dock, take an hour to explore Kaikoura or grab a bite to eat at one of the local cafes before jumping back on the bus and riding back to Christchurch.

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7:00 AM, Kaikoura Whale Watching Day Tour in English

Duration 11h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English.

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NZ$325

Total price is NZ$325, taxes included

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7:00 AM, Kaikoura Whale Watching Day Tour with Lunch in English, includes Food Only

Duration 11h 30m No booking or credit card fees

Live Commentary in English. Select this option to include lunch at at local Kaikoura Cafe.

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NZ$365

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Full-Day Kaikoura Whale-Watching Tour

Activity Location

Kaikoura

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Christchurch (Hotel Pickup)

    Christchurch


Highlights

  • Chance to see Giant Sperm Whales, orcas, seals & dolphins

  • Experiencing New Zealand’s most diverse seabird population

  • Modern vessel with dry, semi-enclosed viewing areas

  • Expert commentary from experienced local guides

  • Comfortable, scenic ride through green, pastoral landscapes


Inclusions

  • Guided whale-watching tour

  • Admission fees

  • Live tour commentary provided in English

  • Roundtrip transport to and from your Christchurch hotel


Exclusions

  • Lunch - unless lunch option chosen


Know Before You Book

  • Children 3 and younger are not allowed on the Whale Watch Boats

  • At least 4 people are required for this activity to take place.

  • Roundtrip transport is available from most centrally located Christchurch hotels. Please arrange pick-up from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.

  • Please be ready and waiting in your hotel foyer 15 minutes prior to your scheduled pick-up time.


Full-Day Kaikoura Whale-Watching Tour ratings based on 4 Verified Reviews

Verified Reviews

1.9 out of 5

Jun 26, 2017

Some post earthquake road work road delays from chc to kaikoura but otherwise a great day trip with 3 whale sightings

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