A Look Back Over October 2015

October was an interesting month, it is around this time of the year that we beginning to notice the sperm whales feeding further offshore as the changeover period from winter whales to summer whales take’s place. This can at times make our trips a bit harder than normal but when working with nature you never really know what is going to happen from one day to the next – it is a part of what makes whale watching so exciting.

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We were very fortunate to have a transient pod of sperm whales feeding around the canyon during October, with the distances we were travelling it at times meant our patience were being put to the test put the reward at the end of seeing a mighty sperm whale was worth the wait.

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It was a busy month for other species of whales visiting Kaikōura which is always an added bonus on our tours for both passengers and crew alike.

7th Oct – x2 Humpback Whales

9th Oct – x2 Humpback Whales

10th Oct – x1 Blue Whale

11th Oct – x1 Blue Whale

15th Oct – x1 Humpback Whale

17th Oct – x1 Humpback Whale

20th Oct – x1 Humpback Whale

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As you can see it was rather busy for visitors, really is such a treat to see them passing through especially the largest creature in the world – the Blue Whale…

Did you know their heart is the same size as a small car? Or that for the largest creature in the world they eat one of the smallest creatures in the ocean – krill? Amazing.

On the days when the sperm whales are feeding beyond our operating limits and sea conditions allow we offer our guests an Inshore Nature Tour which is a 2 hour tour travelling along the coastline viewing dolphins, seals, marine birds and any other species of marine life that we come across as well as providing both European and Maori history of the area. All those who take part in this alternative have such a wonderful time.

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With the summer fast approaching we have new staff joining the team gearing up for an anticipated busy season, if you are planning to join us over summer it does pay to book in advance so as not to be disappointed.

Have a great month all – not long now until Christmas.

If you are looking for that perfect gift for the marine lover in your family why not consider a Kaikoura Marine Combo voucher…

 

Lisa

 

 

Kaikōura’s Summer weather has been a treat this past week, making for some epic sea conditions and amazing clear sightings of marine life out on the water.

It seems like Tiaki and Tutu, two of our favourite whales to see out in the Canyon, have been getting reacquainted since they’ve reunited, as this marks the second week in a row that we’ve seen catching a breather up on the surface and diving down to feed together. Looks like they missed each other as much as we missed them whilst they were away!

Other semi-residential Sperm Whales we saw this week included Mati Mati and Aoraki as well as many transient Sperm Whales who are constantly drawn to Kaikōura due to the abundance of food on offer. As with the majority of our tours, we sighted NZ Fur Seals, Hectors Dolphins, Dusky Dolphins and a variety of seabirds including the Great Wandering Albatross.

Who else is planning to kick start their Summer with a whale watching tour? Bring your family and friends along too and make it an adventure! Buy a whale watching gift voucher or, better yet, check out our Marine Combo deal! Get above, on and below the water with a scenic flight, whale watching boat trip and swim with the dolphins! The ultimate gift this Christmas and one of the best ways to make some lasting Summer memories.

Don’t forget, State Highway 1 North is re-opening this Friday afternoon. And yes, the world famous Nins Bin caravan will be ready to welcome you back! So if you’re making your way along the Coast, stop to enjoy the warm weather, soak up the scenes and take in this incredible new landscape that Kaikōura is quickly becoming known for. They’ll be serving freshly caught crayfish and all that other good stuff including mussels, whitebait and the classic Kiwi fish n’ chips right on the beach – does it get any better?!

ROAD ACCESS UPDATE

There is a possibility of short delays with it being 30km/hour through parts of the route. The full rebuild of the highway will continue in 2018. 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.