KA01 – Kaikoura whale watching cruise with Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watch cruise | Travel by luxury vehicle | Cafe lunch in Kaikoura | Courtesy city hotel pick up and drop off

After departing Christchurch you travel through the beautiful rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea.
Kiakoura Location Map

During your tour you will:

  • Take a Whale Watch Kaikoura cruise to look for majestic Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins. Other sightings might include Southern Right, Humpback, and Pilot whales.
  • Enjoy a café lunch
  • Drive to a lookout with spectacular views of the peninsula and the Pacific Ocean.
  • Visit the Kaikoura Peninsula and soak up the scenery.

Kaikoura whale watching cruise with Whale Watch Kaikoura


What to Bring


South Island weather is extremely variable. Sudden changes are not uncommon! We advise that you wear clothing suitable for being active, comfortable, flat, non slip shoes and, as you will be on the ocean, a wind proof top. It is advisable to wear layers of clothing that can be added and/or removed.

The following is recommended:
  • wind/srain proof jacket
  • Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather,
  • hat (type depending on weather)
  • DAY PACK (or bag you can carry and have both hands free)
  • sunscreen (high SPF)
  • sunglasses
  • water bottle
  • anti-nausea medication if you are prone to seasickness


“If you are going to take a tour in New Zealand, I highly recommend Canterbury Trails! I almost never write reviews but was so pleased with this tour group that I feel the need to spread the word.
My daughter (21 years old) and I had the great fortune to have a private tour with Irene for the Kaikoura Whale Watching Day Excursion from Christchurch. We were picked up at our hotel at exactly 7:30am on a sunny but extremely windy day. The day was fun with a hike on the cliffs overlooking the ocean, getting up close to baby seals, stopping for a tea/coffee break that Irene had prepared in a cute picnic basket and later for lunch at a nice cafe. We finished up the tour with a wine tasting at a local winery which was the perfect way to end the day.
A fantastic day excursion! Thank you Irene (and good luck to Tia as your new guide- we loved that she was able to share our day with us)!”

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