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Watch for whales, seals and dolphins on a full-day wildlife tour of Kaikoura from Christchurch. Enjoy views of surf breaks and vineyards as you cross the Canterbury Plains to Kaikoura Township, then visit a thriving colony of fur seals before browsing downtown shops. Explore the coast by catamaran on a whale watching tour, and try to spot giant sperm whales, endangered albatross and dusky dolphins. See the sun slip behind the mountains on the return trip to Christchurch for the conclusion of your tour.
  • Full-day wildlife tour to Kaikoura from Christchurch
  • Visit a seal colony
  • Explore Kaikoura Township
  • Watch for whales on a catamaran excursion
  • Sample local wines
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included


Viator Traveler's Reviews

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, Jan 2018

Weather was fine. Sited two whales. On the way and return we appreciated the landscapes of the south island

, Nov 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.

, Oct 2017

Totally amazing day with so many sightings of whales. Great seafood lunch and staff very friendly and helpful

, Jul 2017

A great trip

, Feb 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.

, Feb 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.

, Sep 2016

Great tour. Very informative and not rushed at all. Loved the whales, dolphins and seals and learnt lots about Canterbury area from our driver.

, Apr 2016

Excellent day. Great scenery, great guide with plenty to see and do.

, Feb 2017

Sehr schlechte Erfahrung! Ausflug etliche Wochen vorher gebucht. Dann Absage am Tag vorher, weil die Tide die Bootsfahrt nicht zulässt. Bin dann auf eigene Faust mit InterCity-Bus nach Kaikoura gefahren und was erfahre ich im Visitor Center? Dass alle Boote auslaufen, aber ausgebucht sind! Offensichtlich hat der Anbieter Hasslefree Tours Ironischer Name überbucht und dann Viator-Kunden rausgeschmissen. Also lieber direkt bei einem Whale-Watching-Anbieter buchen und selber mit dem Bus hinfahren.

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