4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

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  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration:  10.5 hours

Spend the day getting close to nature on this Kaikoura Whale Watching tour from Christchurch. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea (approx 3-hours by coach). Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.


  • Take a scenic TranzCoastail rail journey from Kaikoura to Christchurch
  • Join a whale watching tour in Kaikoura and see giant sperm whales, dolphins and seals
  • Visit a fur seal colony
  • Enjoy an optional lunch at a local restaurant
  • Local guide
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off from centrally located Christchurch hotels

What You Can Expect

Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour from Christchurch including TranzCoastal Rail Journey

Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour including TranzCoastal Train from Christchurch to Kaikoura

On arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour by boat. On the tour you may view the giant sperm whale and often other whale species, dolphins, seals and the Royal Albatross. Following the tour, lunch has been arranged at the Craypot Cafe and Bar. There will be the opportunity this afternoon to visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters .

Return to Christchurch by train, the TranzCoastal is one of the world's most scenic train journeys. See wildlife and stunning rugged coastline in the comfort of your train carriage.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

It was good trip but the wave was too high and I got sea sickness.
I did not enjoy it that much.
If you are planning to go take sea sickness tablet .
We did not manage to see the whale and we get partial refund.
Boat stuff was very good and very helpful.
The boat was nice.
It was great adventur

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2011

Wonderful day & extremely well managed by the tour company when everything went south. Everyone was accommodated and nothing was lost. I cannot say enough for the tour company personnel and the way they handled everything...especially the driver, Chris. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!
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