Travel through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura, world renowned for the variety of marine mammals, specially the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. Viewing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat as they slice through the water or blow jets of water in the air is an unforgettable expereince. As well as the mighty sperm whale you may also see porpoise, Basking shark, common dolphins, Risso's dolphin, orca, and common and grey seals.
Round off a memorable tour at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has also been arranged for you.
10.5 hoursStart time
Your hotel in Christchurch from 0730h (07:30am). (We would require your hotel details in order to arrange your pick up. If you do not have this information at the time of booking, please contact the local activity operator at least 48 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details)
Your hotel in Christchurch
You will be picked up from your hotel in Christchurch and taken in an air-conditioned luxury vehicle for a Whale Watching and wine tasting tour to Kaikoura. An English-speaking guide will accompany you on this tour.
Travel through the scenic countryside of pastoral North Canterbury to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Listen to informative commentary aboard the coach during your journey. The journey to Kaikoura takes approximately 3 hours.
On arrival in Kaikoura you will join a whale watch tour by boat or by light aircraft or helicopter. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents.
A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's dolphin. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrels and seven types of shearwater.
Explore fur seal colony on the rocky shores which surround Kaikoura. This stop provides a great photo opportunity.
Here will be halt for wine tasting at either a Waipara Springs or Kaikoura Vineyard.
At the end of this memorable tour you will be dropped back at your hotel in Christchurch.
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming the departure details.
Voucher information: You must print and surrender a paper version of your booking voucher for this activity (showing your voucher on a smartphone is not accepted). No refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher.
After the tours has commenced, only the unused portion of the tour will be refunded if should the boast not sail or the planes not fly.
In case the boats not sail or the planes do not fly, only the unused part of the tour will be refunded.
No refund shall be given if no whales are seen in case the tour is undertaken via light aircraft or helicopter.
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