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Kaikoura Whale and Dolphin Overnight Tour from Christchurch

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    This 2-day Kaikoura wildlife tour includes round-trip coach transport from Christchurch and overnight accommodation in a 5-star hotel. Hear live commentary on board the bus and learn from expert nature guides during two marine cruises. On the first day, enjoy a whale-watching cruise, then board another boat on the second day to observe fur seals and use provided snorkel gear to swim with dusky dolphins. Top off your overnight trip with wine tasting at a North Canterbury vineyard.
    Itinerary
    Day 1: Christchurch – KaikouraTravel by coach through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea (a journey of approximately three hours by coach). 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 arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale-watching tour by boat. This afternoon is free for you to explore Kaikoura.
    Overnight: 5-star accommodation at The Anchor Inn (or similar). Kaikoura’s newest motel on the waterfront, opened in November 1997, offers 15 architecturally designed motel units, all fully self-contained. The motel is centrally located within the township on the waterfront and most rooms enjoy mountain or sea views. 
    Day 2: Kaikoura – ChristchurchThis morning join a swim-with-dolphins cruise. You will be fully equipped with wetsuit, mask, snorkel and flippers in order to swim in the sea with dusky dolphins. There will be an opportunity during the day to visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. 
    Returning to Christchurch this afternoon, a stop is made at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure.
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    Reviewed May 24, 2018

    We booked an early boat on a beautiful day. A very short bus ride to the boat which was extremely comfortable. The crew were very friendly and Informative. We were so lucky after a relatively short time we saw our first whale just basking in...More

    Date of experience: January 2018
    Thank Meme2Bristol
    Reviewed April 12, 2018

    I have always wanted to swim with dolphins and whilst travelling NZ, Kaikoura was the one place loads of people had recommended to do this. I was all geared up at 6am and ready, I'd taken sickness tablets for the boat ride. On the boat,...More

    Date of experience: October 2017
    Thank Charlottef23
    Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded April 25, 2018

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your review your feedback is important to us to ensure we meet and where possible exceed our customers expecations. I am sorry to hear that the sea out the better of you and that you missed out...More

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