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Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching

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Christchurch, New Zealand
Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
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icon10 to 11 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • See a variety of marine life including whales on a day trip to Kaikoura
  • Explore the Kaikoura region by land and by sea
  • Soak in the South Island scenery from during the ride to Kaikoura
  • Leave the long drive to a professional driver on this small-group tour
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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
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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7:30 AM
We pick up from Hotels, B&B's and Home-stay's within central Christchurch
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Kaikoura
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.
Duration: 5 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Canterbury Trails
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching.

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Peter our tour guide did a fantastic...
Thomas_M
, Mar 2018
Peter our tour guide did a fantastic job planning the trip and arranging everything. Due to the recent cyclone we had to take a different inland route rather then driving along the ocean front. This made for a great time viewing the inland sights on our first trip to the South Island. The vehicle was very new and comfortable. Peter did the best running commentary of the four tours we did with a history of the areas and got into how the geography was created over time. The crew on the whale watching boat was great. We were able to see four sperm whales, porpoises, fur seals and many different sea birds. Overall it was the best tour we did while on the South Island. My best photo of the whales submerging watches the photo in the advert for the whale watching.

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