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Weekly Update - 20th November 2017

This week Kaikōura really lived up to its reputation of being a marine mecca, with a wide variety of marine mammals sighted in abundance on our tours! We saw Sperm Whales (including semi-resident Spotty Tail), Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Orca, Dusky Dolphins, Hectors Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins and even a Blue Shark!

Weekly Update - 13th November 2017

Orca made an appearance over the weekend and are kicking off our Summer season early! We spotted five of them Saturday afternoon, making for some serious exciting tours for not only our passengers but also our Sea Crew! 

Weekly Update - 6th November 2017

This week we continued to see transient Sperm Whales on our tours, the sheer size of them was very impressive! They tend to be on the larger side of the Sperm Whale size spectrum, reaching up to 20 metres – much longer than our whale watching vessels!

Weekly Update - 31st October 2017

The sunshine over the past week here in Kaikōura can’t be beat! It’s feeling more and more like Summer with this kind of heat, which has also provided some amazing sea conditions out on the water in pursuit of the Giant Sperm Whales.

Weekly Update - 25th October 2017

Labour Weekend provided some amazing sightings for our guests this year! Humpback Whales were sighted getting slap happy, with one guy slapping his tail an uncountable number of times. He must have been just as happy to see us as our passengers were to see him! He also had a pod of Dusky Dolphins in tow who were doing leaps and flips around him, what a sight to be out on the water to see!

Weekly Update - 16th October 2017

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. 

Weekly Update - 10th October 2017

We certainly have had a lot of rain over the last few days, it was such a treat to wake up this morning and see the clouds parted and see the Kaikōura ranges. There is some icky weather forecast for mid-week and then it is looking like some sunshine on the way which will be a wonderful way to end the school holidays.

 

Whale Watching in September 2017

September is a beautiful time of the year to visit Kaikōura. With the Spring blossoms, long days (courtesy of daylight savings) and the warm weather rolling in for Summer, it’s the perfect time to stop by before all the tourists turn up over the New Year. If you’re visiting Kaikōura with whale watching in mind, then we’ve also had some great sightings!

Weekly Update - 2nd October 2017

This week’s whale watching trips spotted Sperm Whales and Humpback Whales as well as those marine mammals that we consider to be the cherry on top for our tours – Dusky Dolphins, Hectors Dolphins and NZ Fur Seals.

Weekly Update - 25th September 2017

We hope you all enjoyed the sunny weather and bluebird days in Kaikōura’s over the weekend. Daylight savings has just begun and we’re looking forward to seeing plenty more epic sunrises and enjoying the longer, warmers days that Summer has to offer. Our tours this week spotted all our favourite marine mammals, including a special guest appearance by semi-residential Sperm Whale Holy Moly.

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This week Kaikōura really lived up to its reputation of being a marine mecca, with a wide variety of marine mammals sighted in abundance on our tours! We saw a lot of large transient Sperm Whales visiting our Coast to indulge in the nutrient rich waters of the Hikurangi Trench, as well as Spotty Tail! A semi-residential Sperm Whale who we’ve been seeing for a while now.

We’ve also seen a great number of Pilot Whales over the week, on Tuesday we saw 50+ and then on Thursday we saw 150+! A couple of stray Humpback Whales have also been hanging around Kaikōura, which we don’t usually get to see in November, but we’re guessing they’re just enjoying the Kaikōura Canyon too much to leave!

Dolphin varieties we saw on our tours included the usual suspects, the acrobatic Duskies and endangered Hectors, and this week we saw a pod of 20+ Bottlenose. As well as seeing the smallest of the dolphin species, the Hector, we also spotted the largest – the Orca. That makes two weeks in a row of Orca sighting!

On Tuesday, the 14th of November which marked exactly 1 year on from when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck which raised our coastline and left our boats on dry land, we celebrated our official marina opening. Thank you to everyone’s support and well wishes over the past year, each word of encouragement has been truly appreciated.

ROAD ACCESS UPDATE

There is a possibility of short delays with it being 30km/hour through parts of the route. Check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling. INLAND ROUTE 70 IS OPEN 24/7.

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. 

ORGANISED TRANSPORT OPTIONS FROM CHRISTCHURCH

Hasslefree ToursCanterbury Leisure Tours & Kaikoura Express have daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch. Kiwi Experience now have the option of a day tour out of Christchurch for their travellers. Intercity Bus also provides a bus service between Christchurch and Kaikoura return.

Progress on the work being done on the roads (along with harbour repairs) can be found on the dedicated Kaikoura Earthquake Response page provided by the team at NZTA. This page is updated weekly on Fridays. Work is also underway on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura.