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Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching provided by Canterbury Trails - Day Tours

Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching

Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
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About
You'll depart Christchurch and travel through the beautiful rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury to Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea.  From there a Whale Watch cruise  (or if cruise cancelled due to weather, a flight with Wings over Whales * ), will take you to look for the majestic Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphin.  Sightings may also include the Southern Right Whale, Humpback and Pilot Whales. ( Or you may consider a trip with the Dolphin Swim Encounter * ). After your cruise or flight, you'll enjoy a cafe lunch followed by a drive to a lookout with spectacular views of the peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.  Here sightings can be made of the NZ Fur Seals.  If time permits a stop at an award winning Waipara winery will be made where you can experience some local wines  before returning to Christchurch. * Check for price variations.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10-11 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Travel to Kaikoura from Christchurch on a small-group full-day tour that includes a whale-watching cruise. Look for whales, dolphins, and other wildlife during the whale-watching cruise, and get great views of the Kaikoura Range and Pacific Ocean. You’ll also stop for a cafe lunch, visit a Waipara winery (if time allows), and go to viewpoints where you can spot New Zealand fur seals.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10-11 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Travel to Kaikoura from Christchurch on a small-group full-day tour that includes a whale-watching cruise. Look for whales, dolphins, and other wildlife during the whale-watching cruise, and get great views of the Kaikoura Range and Pacific Ocean. You’ll also stop for a cafe lunch, visit a Waipara winery (if time allows), and go to viewpoints where you can spot New Zealand fur seals.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 3290P5
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
Duration
10–11 hours
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.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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.
Duration
10–11 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Kaikoura
    Stop: 5 hours
    Depart Christchurch and travel through the beautiful rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea. Once in Kaikoura, a Whale Watch Cruise or flight is made and you will look out for the majestic Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins. Sightings can also include the Southern Right Whale, Humpback and Pilot Whales. After your cruise or flight, enjoy a cafe lunch followed by a drive to a lookout with spectacular views of peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.
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  • You'll return to the starting point
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schaftravels
Colorado Springs7 contributions
Seal Colony fun
Dec 2019
Enjoyed our tour with Janet for our family of four on our first full day in Christchurch. Long drive for our young boys, but grateful for the stops for coffee/pastries and knowledgeable insight from Janet along the way. Disappointed in the whale watching portion of the tour, saw very few whales to include even tails, and no dolphins or other wildlife to help fill in the gaps. Tour narrator seemed like he was on his first day in the job and was harder to understand, even when he was just trying to be funny. We did enjoy a delicious meal at a local restaurant afterwards as well as an amazing stop to the fur seal colony nearby with Janet as our host/guide. The seals were the highlight of the day. Did not make the winery on the way back, which we were excited about, but after so much time in the bus and boat, were happy to get our young boys on their feet again. If the winery is a must for you, manage expectations with the other passengers as well.
Written January 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
IreneH2162
Thank you for your review and your comments. We are sorry to hear you were disappointed with the Whale Watching experience, but glad to learn other parts of the day went well.
Written January 2, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Arjen B
Huizen, The Netherlands63 contributions
What a fantastic experience!
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
IreneH2162
Thank you for your review. We are pleased to learn you had a memorable experience.
Written December 13, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jeanne T
Waiheke Island, New Zealand9 contributions
Great day
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, CA7 contributions
Whales tails!!
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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

cusprider
1 contribution
Whale watching and cultural exchange
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
Wonderful day
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
GREAT WHALE WATCHING!!
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
Got really close up to Sperm whale
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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