Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

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Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch
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Leave the city behind and come on a scenic journey over the Canterbury Plains. This tour is sure to suit everyone with an included whale watch tour on a modern catamaran, time to explore the Kaikoura Township and a visit to a seal colony.
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In Brief

Location:
Ashburton, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
10 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Close encounter with wildlife
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
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This full-day tour includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Kaikoura. Once in Kaikoura, make your way to a lookout to enjoy the breath-taking views.

Next, make your way around to a seal colony before heading into Kaikoura for some free time to explore and maybe have some lunch.

Then board a modern catamaran for an exciting whale watch tour. This tour offers views of the giant sperm whale. A typical whale watch may include fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and endangered wandering albatross.

Sit back and relax in comfort on your return journey to Christchurch.

Inclusions

  • Whale Watching tour
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions

  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Christchurch City Accommodation

Returns To

Christchurch City Accommodation

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Minimum age is 2 years
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.33 out of 5 based on the last 9 recent reviews

Weather was fine. Sited two whales. On the way and return we appreciated the landscapes of the south island
• Submitted 06 Jan 2018
A great trip
• Submitted 28 Jul 2017
Tour, guide and organization were perfect! Due to the weather conditions, a part of the tour had to be cancelled, but we quickly got a refund AND did something superb instead.
• Submitted 02 Feb 2017
Great tour. Very informative and not rushed at all. Loved the whales, dolphins and seals and learnt lots about Canterbury area from our driver.
• Submitted 29 Sep 2016
Excellent day. Great scenery, great guide with plenty to see and do.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
Beautiful scenery, fantastic guide, tour was a little rushed but the whale watching more than made up for it
• Submitted 27 Nov 2019
Totally amazing day with so many sightings of whales. Great seafood lunch and staff very friendly and helpful
• Submitted 06 Oct 2017
The place was very pretty, we enjoyed the whale watching trip and considering what Kaikoura had been through everyone was really friendly and helpful. The downside again was the guide. Not very knowledgeable, there were only four of us but the guide decided we could just chat amongst ourselves. I think some of these guides should be called drivers.
• Submitted 09 Nov 2017
Unfortunately, I have to give three stars because the whale watch part of the tour was cancelled due to high winds. Other than that, I was pleased with the service, and the driver/guide did her best to make up for our disappointment. She conducted a scenic tour along the coast on the trip to Kaikoura, with refreshment stop along the way, and after the whale watch was cancelled, took the inland road back to give us a different look. She also offered to take us to the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch on the return trip. The portion of the tour for the whale watch was refunded.
• Submitted 21 Feb 2017

In Brief

Location:
Ashburton, New Zealand
Country:
New Zealand
Duration:
10 hours 30 minutes
Operates:
Daily
Highlights:
Close encounter with wildlife
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included