Flukes Cafe & Whale Watch Retail

Take some of the magic home with you. Whale Watch offer a unique selection of clothing, books, posters, postcards, jewelry and souvenirs at our gift shop adjacent to Whale Watch Reservations.

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Didn’t quite get that perfect tail shot? Looking for a gift for someone who loves marine life? Want to take home a memento of your time whale watching? Then look no further than the Whale Watch gift shop which offers a unique selection of post cards, books, DVD’s, posters, clothing and souvenirs for both adults & children. Also for those who may succumb to motion sickness we have Sea-Bands for hire and @Ease herbal motion sickness tablets available for purchase along with Memory Cards, Sun Glasses and Sun Screen – all to help make your time out of the ocean complete!

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Flukes By The Sea

Situated right on the seafront, Flukes Seaside Cafe is Kaikōura's best kept secret, offering a relaxed atmosphere with one of the best views in town. Flukes breakfast and brunch menu is on offer daily. Enjoy a cup of freshly-made coffee and sample the homemade muffins, scones and savoury items on offer.

Flukes Café, homemade beef burger served with salad and fries.

We are able to cater for groups on request, for a sit down breakfast or lunch, or packed lunches for those groups on the move and we do not have a surcharge on New Zealand public holidays. Email the team at Flukes Cafe to make your booking flukescafe@whalewatch.co.nz

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Breathtaking views

Flukes Cafe offers free WiFi to all our guests. Take time to send pics home or update your social media accounts with the amazing pics you took while you were out whale watching, all the while enjoying a freshly-made coffee and home made treats. 

Tour Group Menu Selection - please book at least 48 hours in advance

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Summer hours
7 AM - 9 AM (Mon-Fri): Fresh Coffee and Cabinet Food
9 AM - 4 PM: Fresh Coffee and All Day Menu
Winter hours
9 AM - 2 PM: Fresh Coffee and All Day Menu

We had some stunning weather over the weekend along with some great sightings on our tours. Not only were we able to see sperm whales but also the rare opportunity of seeing a pod of beaked whales pass by the Kaikōura coastline. Not a common sight at all and one that is very treasured by all when we do.

Over the weekend we also had a visit from a couple of the crew from Emirates Team New Zealand with the America’s Cup. It was great to have the opportunity to see the cup up close. Check out this video to see how the afternoon went.

The Huttons Shearwater (Tītī) are special to us in Kaikōura. Their habitat sustained considerable loss during the Nov 2016 earthquake. Please take the time to vote for them as Bird of the Year and this status will help secure the much needed funding for more research so we can plan for their future.

REGULAR, SCHEDULED CLOSURES OF STATE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF KAIKOURA

The highway will be open during daylight hours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays (perfect for a long weekend getaway) from 7AM to 7PM.

The highway will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for repairs to take place. 

The closure schedule is expected to remain in place until December 2017.

There is a possibility of short delays and it will be 30km/hour through parts of the route. Check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling. Inland Route 70 remains open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Please be aware that this week is a full closure week - Monday 16 to Friday 20 October. The road will reopen to the public midday on Friday 20 October for Labour weekend travellers. Another full week closure is scheduled for Monday 6 to Friday 10 November. 

Something worth celebrating...

Restoration work on the Kaikoura marina begun 10 months ago, and over the weekend we celebrated being able to now use berth 3 & 4. We have been using our trailer unit & the public jetty for some time now so to be able to pull up into our berths is quite an exciting feat. We still have a wee way to go but this is a HUGE step closer to being fully operational. We are very thankful for the amazing work the harbour repair crew are doing in what are at times trying conditions. We are excited to see our new and improved marina once it is completed! We cannot thank the tireless effort that the workers have put in to get us to this stage especially in what has been trying conditions at times.

More great news…

We thank you all for your patience over the last 11 months with the changing tour times with having work in line with the tides but with being able to now use berth 3 & 4 it means that we are now back running on our original fixed tour timetable. 0715, 1000, 1245 & 1530 (Nov-Mar)

KAIKOURA BUSINESS UPDATE

Kaikōura is open for business. For latest updates on accommodation, restaurant and retail information please contact the team at the Kaikōura I-Site who will be able to help you find what suits your needs during your stay in Kaikōura. 

TRANSPORT UPDATE

Hasslefree ToursCanterbury Leisure Tours & Kaikoura Express have daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch, as well as Kiwi Experience now having the option of a day tour out of Christchurch for their travellers.

Progress on the work being done on roads (along with harbour repairs) can be found on this dedicated KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE page provided by the team at NZTA. This page is updated weekly on Friday. Work is also starting to take place on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.

11 months on and we are starting to see some real progress – the teams out on the road, rail and the marina are all doing such an amazing job for which we are so thankful. And, we cannot thank you all enough for your continual support.

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura