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Kaikoura is only a scenic 2hr 30min drive north from the Christchurch International Airport and a scenic 2hr drive south from the Picton Ferry Terminals. Train and/or coach services between Christchurch and Picton are in operation daily and stop in Kaikoura, rental vehicles are also available for hire at the Christchurch International Airport and Picton Ferry Terminals. The Whale Watch Office is clearly sign posted and can be located just off State Highway 1 or Beach Road near the Kaikoura Town Centre.
Please note due to the 14th November 2016 earthquake the rail way link is not currently operating. State Highway 1 (SH1) is closed to all traffic travelling from Blenheim to Christchurch because of damage from the KaikŌura earthquake in November 2016. You can travel from Picton/Blenheim to KaikŌura on the alternate route along state highways 63, 6, 65 and 7, then on Inland Road 70. Please allow this extra drive time in your travel plans.