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Kaikoura Day Tour & Whale Watching Cruise from Christchurch

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Kaikoura Day Tour & Whale Watching Cruise from Christchurch

From US$ 237.70 per person

Embark on a day tour for a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains to Kaikoura. Board a catamaran in the afternoon with Whale Watch Kaikoura to enjoy an up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale.

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  • Experience the magic of whale watching in Kaikoura on a day tour from Christchurch
  • Enjoy a spectacular journey through the sights of the Canterbury Plains
  • Listen to informative and entertaining commentary from your local guide
  • Benefit from free time to explore Kaikoura village and the flexibility to pick your own lunch option on the day
  • View New Zealand Fur Seals at the local seal colony
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Some of the most majestic creatures in the sea are waiting in the waters of Kaikoura and you can see them up close! Enjoy a cruise into the beauty of the Pacific, get to know the countryside, and admire the pure natural beauty of New Zealand. After pick-up from your hotel, your guide leads you out on a scenic drive across the Canterbury plains, sharing some knowledge about the environment as you make your way to Kaikoura. When you arrive in town, take a tour around the peninsula that forms its southern tip and look for fur seals relaxing in their natural environment. Once you've had some free time to explore, step aboard a modern catamaran and voyage out to meet some whales. Watch the seas for an up-close encounter with the giant sperm whales that frequent the coastal waters, and get a chance to see fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and rare wandering albatross along the way. After you return to shore, take the scenic drive back to Christchurch, where the tour will conclude.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guided tour of Christchurch and Kaikoura
  • Experienced local guide
  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Live tour commentary provided in English
  • Food and drink

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • If you are prone to motion sickness, please take any necessary precautions, consult a medical professional before taking any medication
  • You are welcome to bring your own or purchase lunch on the day, Kaikoura is filled with many wonderful eateries from cafés and restaurants to delicious seafood carts
Customer reviews

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4.6 /5

based on 18 reviews

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It was such a good day - would highly recommend! Our tour guide Alan was very friendly and informative, and we got to see two whales! It was an amazing experience and I’d really recommend. The only problem was that Get Your Guide said we should meet at 8am (and to be there at least 15 mins early) but the actual meeting time was 8.30am. Bear that in mind!

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March 9, 2020

Perfect day with Julia

Was a very nice Trip. Julia is a Perfect Guide. After this trip you basically know everything about NZ:) Amazing knowledge she possesses. Unfortunately we didn’t see the whales, but we did an alternative tour and saw dolphins and seals and albatross. It was all in all a very great trip!

November 4, 2018

Great day out with the drive to Kaikoura, scenery and our guide giving us lots of interesting information along the way. The main event of the whale watching was amazing too.

February 17, 2020

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