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Private Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

Breathtaking ocean vistas, majestic whales, unforgettable New Zealand adventure.

Private Tour Details

This is a Private Tour. Your party will have exclusive use of a luxury SUV, along with a dedicated Canterbury Trails Guide for the day.

Embark on a captivating journey departing from Christchurch, traversing the picturesque pastoral landscapes of North Canterbury, where rolling hills meet the Pacific. Arriving in Kaikoura, a coastal gem where mountains kiss the sea, immerse yourself in the majesty of nature's grandeur.

Join us for an unforgettable Whale Watch Kaikoura cruise, where the waters teem with life. Set your sights on the majestic Sperm Whales and playful Dusky Dolphins that grace these pristine waters. Be on the lookout for other magnificent species, including Southern Right, Humpback, and Pilot whales.

After your cruise, indulge in a delightful café lunch, savoring the flavors of local cuisine amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Kaikoura's coastal charm. Then, embark on a scenic drive to a lookout point, where panoramic vistas of the peninsula and the boundless Pacific Ocean unfold before you.

Experience the essence of Kaikoura on our Whale Watch Kaikoura cruise, where every moment is a testament to the enduring allure of the natural world and every sighting is a glimpse into the heart of the ocean's mysteries.

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  • Outstanding experience - blue whale, dolphins and seals.

    We saw all we hoped for and more. Got very lucky and spent an hour or more with a Blue Whale, saw a massive pod of dolphins maybe 200+, hung out along the beach with big family of fur seals and even saw couple type of Albatross. Jock was a super guide that knew the area well and was able to make adjustments on the fly as it was just us. All in all my highlight of a two week trip in South Island, New Zealand. A great experience!!! Highly recommend but do remember nature is not a zoo, you see what you see

  • What a fantastic experience!

    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 video without the commentary.

  • Worth it

    Amazing ..a must do for people love to try new things .......worth every penny..10/10 really
    enjoyed every bit of it...

  • Whales tails!!

    We had a fantastic day trip with Canterbury Trails. Our drive 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 and wandering cows giving way to spectacular southern Alps dusted with snow as the sea met the coast. We saw humpbacks whales within 10 minutes of boarding our whale watching boat. The whale watching tour was also phenomenal with very informative and experienced guides. We saw humpbacks, Hector Dolphins, petrels, albatross, shearwaters and New Zealand fur seals. Dave then met us at the end of the whale watching experience and drove us to The Pier Hotel for a fresh seafood lunch in an historic building on Kaikoara. The heard back to Christchurch, stopping at the fantastic Pegasus Bay winery. There were amazing gardens and even more amazing wines. Thank you Canterbury Trails, and especially, thank you Dave!