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Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
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Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching

By Canterbury Trails - Day Tours
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Ages 0-64, max of 8 per group
Duration: 10–11 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
English


  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Whale Watch Cruise (or scenic flight if cruise cancelled - price may vary)
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities


Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from Hotels, B&B's and Home-stay's within central Christchurch
  • Airports:
  • Christchurch Intl Airport, Christchurch New Zealand
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.

  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3290P5

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching?
Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching price starts from $385.26. Discover and book Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching on Tripadvisor
What is the Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching cancellation policy?
Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching on Tripadvisor
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Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching is hosted by Canterbury Trails - Day Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Canterbury Trails - Day Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3290P5

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About the operator
Canterbury Trails - Day Tours
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Christchurch, New Zealand
Joined in September 2011

#4 of 123 Outdoor Activities in Christchurch
  • ME374
    ME374
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    Thank you, Canterbury Trails!
    This tour was operated by Canterbury Trails. Jock was our guide and he was an absolute delight! He picked us up at our hotel, drove us to the train station where we took the TranzAlpine train to Arthur’s Pass. We had a lovely day of hiking, sight seeing, a delicious lunch, & afternoon tea. This was a wonderful way to see some of the beauty that Christchurch has to offer.
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    A must do day trip to Arthur's Pass
    Excellent day trip from Christchurch to Arthurs Pass hosted by Canterbury Trails. Pick up.from your motel, delivered to Trans Alpine train, for a breathtaking scenic train journey past lakes snow capped mountains and various historic places. You are then collected by a comfortable mini van for a guided tour of various interesting Arthur's Pass attractions before and after Lunch. Canterbury Trails friendly local tour guide Dave enhances the experience with great.local knowledge of the region and its history.
  • Bobster200
    Bobster200
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    Great experience and wonderful scenery,
    Great experience, Great views. When you get there it is a good idea to have a tour arranged as we did as you would miss out on a lot otherwise.
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    Our tour was a custom earthquake focused tour of Christ Church. Tia was an excellent tour guide. One of our group had studied the liquefaction of soils for her university degree, and so much of the story of the earthquakes was of great interest to her. I was moved by Tia’s descriptions of her experiences on the day of the earthquake, which she and her family survived, and was moved also when she drove us through the "red zone" of her old neighborhood, where no building will ever be permitted again, to see all the fruit trees which were soon to be harvested.
  • MarilynM173
    MarilynM173
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    Like your New Zealnad best friend showing you around
    This was basically a private tour, as only my husband and I were booked. Sue (if I remember the name) drove us in a van to the Port Hills. It was amazing to see the serious bicyclists ride up that hill. The views from various locations was cool. Then Sue took us to three wineries for tastings. It was a very pleasant time. The wine was very good. I even found a red that wasn’t bitter. We did not see much in Christchurch proper other than to drive by places we should see.
  • DT15
    DT15
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    Lovely day tour
    Our small tour was wonderful. Jock, our guide was very knowledgeable about Christchurch, Banks Peninsula and Akaroa. Dolphin cruise was great, saw many dolphins, seals, penguins and birds.
  • Lynn O
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    Happy Trails!
    Canterbury Trails took care of us for 4 days…Akaroa, Arthurs Pass, Canterbury Plains, Mount Cook ending at Queenstown. All our drivers/guides were very knowledgeable and professional. All the vehicles were clean and comfortable and we enjoyed ourselves very much! Saw many unique and beautiful sights and would highly recommend Canterbury Trails! Big shout-outs to Hugo, Kate and Irene.
  • carollI1987IJ
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    Akaroa and Banks Peninsula
    We expected our day tour to be very nice but didn’t know how phenomenal it would end up to be. Fortunately, we had Sue Szabo as our guide. She took us to what were some of her favorite places, stopping at many scenic lookouts for wonderful views and photo opportunities. Her knowledge of the region’s geography, history, and culture was especially appreciated. Sue was personable, brought us to a lovely seaside restaurant for lunch, and by the end of the day, we felt we gained a new friend. Our boat cruise was with a family-owned business, Akaroa Dolphins, who helped us spot Hector dolphins, white-flippered penguins, and fur seals. The hosts on the boat were hospitable and helpful. Buster, the dolphin-finding dog, was a delightful companion on board. The beauty of the Banks Peninsula was beyond expectations. If you don’t have this on your wish list for a visit to Christchurch, do yourself a favor and book this tour!
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    Lovely day with TransAlpine train tour and Arthurs Pass
    The train ride was beautiful. There is a narrated experience through headphones though the sound was a bit spotty and we missed some of the history and explanation. The train itself was very clean and comfortable. We took two hikes in the national park to waterfalls -- one was 15 min. and the other 45 min. They were moderately easy and we saw some beautiful scenery. One the way back we drove with a guide through Caste Hill and hiked there -- it is a short hike and a popular and beautiful spot.
  • marshas518
    marshas518
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    Tour to Arthur’s Pass
    We had a wonderful day with our tour guide, Mandy. She was knowledgeable and fun. The train trip, hiking and included lunch at a quirky restaurant made for a great experience.
  • A12M07
    A12M07
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    Marvelous experience with great customer service
    We had the pleasure of having Sue of Canterbury Trails as our guide when we visited Christchurch. Sue greeted us warmly at the airport and took us on a wonderful tour of Christchurch and the surrounding area. We were treated to the botanical gardens, the harbors where the Sail Grand Prix was to be held as well as many other sights in Christchurch. During the tour she made recommendations of places to eat and shop. We took her recommendations and had a great evening. However, it was on our second day with Sue that made our stay in Christchurch unforgettable. My wife, Ann, and I took the Kaikoura & Swim with Dolphins Experience. Sue drove us and another couple to Kaikoura and she pointed out wildlife and views along the way. While having lunch in Kaikoura before our tour we found out that our scheduled trip on the Tranzalpine train scheduled for the next morning was canceled. This would have caused significant problems for us as we were to pick up a rental car in Greymouth at the end of our train trip. Sue helped us sort this problem out by making several phone calls for us. While we enjoyed our Swim with Dolphins Experience she followed up and made sure we had a ride to Greymouth the next day. When we returned from our tour everything was in place so that we could continue our journey through New Zealand without any problem. Ann and I have traveled internationally quite a bit and this was the best customer service we have encountered. Without hesitation we recommend Canterbury Trails knowing that you will be well cared for especially if you have Sue as your guide.
  • Nomad55846955532
    Nomad55846955532
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    We were lucky enough to have Peter as our guide for two different tours. First a half day tour of Christchurch where we were the only passengers. Peter made us so comfortable. By the end of the afternoon we had learned much about this delightful city and also felt as if we had made a new friend. We were so pleased when Peter picked us up today for our trip to Arthur's Pass. With only 2 other couples, we had a marvelous day exploring the magnificent scenery. Canterbury Trails treated us wonderfully including snacks and lunch. Peter really made the day perfect. We would definitely recommend these tours.
  • Helen K
    Helen K
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    Awesome even in the wet!
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  • Jeanne T
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    Don’t expect to get what is advertised
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    BEAUTIFUL NZ but not with this tour operator
    Make no mistake NZ is stunning! This tour, however, was marred by an uncomfortable van trip... and you're in the van a LONG time. The TranzAlpine Train trip to Arthur's Pass was incredibly beautiful. The scenery along the way was striking and the short trek at Arthur's Pass was delightful. However, when boarding the van at pickup (we were the last to enter) we found that instead of the 'small group tour, max 8', it was a VERY FULL van. I was shocked as I had expected a maximum of 8 passengers but there were 10 of us on board plus the driver. Now a 12 seater van is designed for 12 people of average size and there were a few onboard (like myself) who were larger than average. Hubby is well over 6ft and I'm just under 6ft. We sat with our legs around our ears for most of the drive and it was terribly uncomfortable. The driver was fantastic... very knowledgable, thoroughly pleasant, and a good driver to boot. However, being stacked in like sardines really spoilt the day. She apologised several times, saying that they don't normally have so many on the tour. We knew it wasn't her fault so we didn't address our concerns to her. I emailed the company about this issue but it took three separate points of contact before I finally received a response. And that response was 'well the operator said it was comfortable enough so that's it'. My point is, if your advertising says Max 8 persons, you can't just stack another couple in there to make more money! The Train Trip was lovely but I'd recommend taking it all the way to Greymouth. If you want to visit Arthur's Pass, rent a car and take a day trip. You'll save money and be much more comfortable!
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Arjen B
Huizen, The Netherlands63 contributions
The weather was great and we got to see no less than THREE whales in our tour! Each of them for about 5-10 min. And when they disappeared we had the tail view. The crew was great! Despite previous reviews, our guide stayed quite when the whales dove so that you could make a nice video without the commentary.
Only tip for the company is to make clearer during online booking that you have to report to the ticket office to collect tickets. Most companies nowadays will accept digital tickets on mobile phones.
Written December 12, 2019
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IreneH2162
Thank you for your review. We are pleased to learn you had a memorable experience.
Written December 13, 2019
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Pioneer672999
2 contributions
Amazing ..a must do for people love to try new things .......worth every penny..10/10 really enjoyed every bit of it...
Written June 3, 2022
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IreneH2162
Thanks for your kind review. We look forward to seeing you again sometime.
Written June 8, 2022
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Jeanne T
Waiheke Island, New Zealand9 contributions
Oct 2019
Peter was great driver, very knowledgeable and entertaining. A 2+ hour drive from Christchurch, little bit of drag
Written October 15, 2019
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IreneH2162
Hi Jeanne, thank you for your review. Glad you enjoyed your day with Peter in Kaikoura. Hope you had a lovely time out on the water viewing the whales. While we know it is a long drive from Christchurch to Kaikoura we hope you enjoyed some of the spectacular coastal scenery along the way.
Written October 23, 2019
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szpenny
Sacramento, CA10 contributions
We had a fantastic day trip with Canterbury Trails. Our drive/
R/guide Dave picked.us up at our hotel and promptly informed us that we were the only people booked -so we had an amazing private tour. The drive to Kaikoura was spectacular- bucolic rolling hills.with sheep grazing and wandering cows giving way to spectacular southern Alps dusted with snow as the sea met the coast. We saw humpbacks whales within 10 minutes of boarding our whale watching boat. The whale watching tour was also phenomenal with very informative and experienced guides. We saw humpbacks, Hector Dolphins, petrels, albatross, shearwaters and New Zealand fur seals. Dave then met us at the end of the whale watching experience and drove us to The Pier Hotel for a fresh seafood lunch in an historic building on Kaikoara. The heard back to Christchurch, stopping at the fantastic Pegasus Bay winery. There were amazing gardens and even more amazing wines. Thank you Canterbury Trails, and especially, thank you Dave!
Written September 30, 2019
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IreneH2162
Thank you for your wonderful review and for sharing what was obviously a very memorable day. Thank you once again
Written October 1, 2019
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cusprider
1 contribution
Apr 2019 • Couples
My wife and I had a wonderful day with Peter, our guide, sharing cultural highlights of our native countries. He was courteous and informative and spot on with his timing. The whale watch was handled very nicely by the crew on our boat who worked hard to track a sperm whale so we could watch it on the surface for quite a long time. After the whale showed its tail and dove we then spent some time watching dolphins. Peter drove us back to Christchurch and had many suggestions for things to see and do. We are happy to know that Peter will never forget to say the dash. This is one of the highlights of our New Zealand adventure.
Written April 3, 2019
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Thank you for your lovely review. So pleased to hear that you had an enjoyable day with Peter and got to see some of our incredible wildlife too. We will pass your kind comments on to him.
Written April 3, 2019
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Adam P
1 contribution
Jul 2018 • Couples
My wife and I had a wonderful day with our personal guide Fiona. She picked us up at our hotel in Christchurch to take us up to Kiakoura. Fiona was really good at catering to our interests and tailored our non-boating activities to those interests. The whale watching cruise was a lot of fun, and successful. We got to see two different Sperm Whales, and many many Dusky Dolphins. After the cruise, Fiona took us too lunch, and then one a really nice hike down the beach before driving us back to Christchurch. I'd do this again all over again without hesitation. If I had more than two thumbs, I'd give more... but since I only have two thumbs, that's all I can give.
Written September 4, 2018
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Tom M
6 contributions
Feb 2018
The trip to get there was an adventure. Due to the cyclone hitting the East coast of the South Island the coastal road was closed. We had to go by an interior route which exposed us to great views. The whale watching was great. We saw four Sperm whales on the surface and watched them dive. We were within fifty feet of the whales most times. We also had dolphins swimming by the boat. They took us near a seal covered where mother seals were nursing the new born. They also identified many sea birds around the boat. Big boat to everyone could see and be comfortable.
Written April 9, 2018
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Barry W
3 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
The tour guide Wayne was extremely helpful throughout our trip. We got to see a whale but also dusky dolphins and fur seals.
Written February 11, 2018
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