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

Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching

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    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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Important Information
10–11 hours
  • 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
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • 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 travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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schaftravels wrote a review Dec 2019
Colorado Springs7 contributions
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
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Date of experience: December 2019
Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
Responded 1 Jan 2020
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.
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Arjen B wrote a review Dec 2019
Huizen, The Netherlands63 contributions10 helpful votes
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
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Response from IreneH2162, Front Office Manager at Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
Responded 12 Dec 2019
Thank you for your review. We are pleased to learn you had a memorable experience.
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Jeanne T wrote a review Oct 2019
Waiheke Island, New Zealand9 contributions2 helpful votes
Peter was great driver, very knowledgeable and entertaining. A 2+ hour drive from Christchurch, little bit of drag
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Date of experience: October 2019
Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
Responded 22 Oct 2019
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.
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szpenny wrote a review Sep 2019
Sacramento, California8 contributions
We had a fantastic day trip with Canterbury Trails. Our drive/ R/guide Dave 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
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Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
Responded 30 Sep 2019
Thank you for your wonderful review and for sharing what was obviously a very memorable day. Thank you once again
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cusprider wrote a review Apr 2019
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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
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Date of experience: April 2019
Response from IreneH2162, Owner at Kaikoura Day Tour with Whale Watching
Responded 2 Apr 2019
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.
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Key Details
  • Duration: 10–11 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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