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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

Highlights
  • Full-day tour with whale-watching cruise in Kaikoura, from Christchurch
  • Marvel at the scenery as you drive through North Canterbury's gorgeous countryside
  • Take a whale-watching cruise with expert guides to look for sperm whales, dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and seabirds
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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch
From US$217.55
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Tour excluding LunchMost Popular
Whale watch by boat, excludes lunch
From US$217.55
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Whale watch by boat, includes lunch at a local restaurant
From US$256.14
Overview
Experience the natural treasures of New Zealand on a Kaikoura whale-watching cruise. Look for impressive sperm whales along with migrating humpbacks and southern right whales, and search the waters for orcas and other dolphins as an experienced guide shares informative commentary. Visit a New Zealand fur seal colony on land, glimpse the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges and top off your full-day tour with a wine-tasting in North Canterbury. Includes optional lunch, with round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch to the picturesque town of Kaikoura.
What to Expect
Following hotel pickup in Christchurch, settle in for a comfortable 2.5-hour scenic drive by coach. You’ll drive through the North Canterbury region of the North Island to Kaikoura, New Zealand’s prime whale-watching locale.

Climb aboard your boat and meet expert guides who explain the town’s whaling history and point out the area’s abundant marine life throughout your Kaikoura whale-watching cruise. 

Hikurangi Trench, located not far offshore, creates an upwelling that draws the showstopper attraction — mighty sperm whales, who ply Kaikoura’s waters year-round — as well as migrating blue whales, pilot whales, humpback whales and southern right whales, depending on the season. Be prepared to watch the whales spout, breach and slap their large tails on the water. Keep an eye out for orcas as well as Hector’s dolphins, the world's smallest and rarest dolphins.

Kaikoura boasts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on New Zealand’s mainland, including seven types of shearwaters, 13 species of albatross and 14 varieties of petrels.

Sate your appetite with lunch at a local restaurant (if option selected) or purchase your own meal. Relax with views of the imposing snow-capped peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Range. 

Then re-board the coach to witness New Zealand fur seals at a nearby colony. Stop for wine tasting at a North Canterbury vineyard en route to Christchurch, where your tour ends in the evening when your guide returns you to your hotel.
Reviews (46)
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Reviewed 30 June 2018 via mobile
Unforgettable Experience

We have just been dropped off from an unforgettable day whale watching and spending the day with Sue, our tour guide. Sue was fantastic: enthuastic and informative. She took time to get to know us and make recommendations (we even stopped by a winery on...More

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Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 July 2018

It is great to hear that you had such an enjoyable and unforgettable day and that your driver guide Sue represented our company well and added to your experience. Thank you for taking the time to submit your review, your reviews are important to us...More

Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile
So cool!

Whale Watch did an amazing job taking us to see whales! They were confident in their abilities, so much that they give you 80% of your money back if you DONT see whales! Fortunately, they were able to keep my money, and we saw two...More

Thank Jennifer B
Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 12 June 2018

We are thrilled to learn that you enjoyed your day and your Whale watching expereince and you consindered your experience awesome. We appreciate the time you have taken to submit your review, your reviews are important to us to ensure that we meet and where...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018
Whale watching

great day out whale watching, a dream come true for my partner. Well organised and knowledgeable guides, you can't ask for anything more. Would recommend for sure!More

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Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2018

Thank you for taking the time to submit your review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your day and tht you would recoomend this tour for sure. I hope you and your partner have the opportunity to visit this most beautiful region of...More

Reviewed 23 March 2018
Poor Experience dealing with Canterbury Leisure Day Tours

We were contacted two days before the trip by Canterbury Leisure Day Tours (the tour operator) who advised that the trip was unlikely to happen as there were not sufficient people signed up for the day we had requested. We subsequently asked for the booking...More

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Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 March 2018

The customer booked this tour via an online third party supplier whom accepted payment in full. The booking was made with a short lead time between the booking and the day of travel and we advised the customer as soon as as the booking was...More

Reviewed 16 March 2018
Amazing experience and fantastic tour!

Whale whatch tour is a very serious and professionell company. Good and interesting fact about the whales and the sea, much humour from the crew and high interest that we really would be able to see some whales, dusky dolphins and albatrosses, which we did....More

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Canterburyleisure, Manager at Leisure Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 19 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to supply your feedback and impressions of the tour which is important to us to ensure we continue to meet our customers expectations and where possible exceed them. I am pleased to hear that you throughly enjoyed the whale...More

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