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Weekly Update - 15th January 2018

It’s been a week full of visitors! Our local Sperm whales have had to make room for an abundance on transient whales and dolphins this week, which has made for some remarkable whale watching tours. Tours this week sighted Sperm whales, Blue whales, Fin whales, Orca, Dusky dolphins, Hectors dolphins and Common dolphins.

Weekly Update - 8th January 2018

What an epic start to 2018 we’ve had here in Kaikōura! There have been an abundant of marine life out in the Canyon, and our passengers have enjoyed some spectacular and memorable tours already to celebrate the New Year. This week we saw Sperm whales, Humpback whales, Orca, Shepherd's beaked whales, Common dolphins, Dusky dolphins, Hectors dolphins and NZ Fur Seals.

Weekly Update - 18th December 2018

1 year, 1 month, and 1 day on from the 7.8 Magnitude earthquake that shook our town and State Highway 1 North to Picton is now open for the public!  Orca once again visited us, encountering a small pod of 3 who stuck around for the majority of the day. We also saw Orca on the day the Kaikōura Marina officially opened, we’re starting to think they’re Kaikōura’s good luck charm. Other significant sightings this week include a Blue Whale, Common Dolphins and a breaching Sperm Whale.

Weekly Update - 11th December 2017

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.

6 of the World's Most Famous Whales

Whales have mesmerised humans and been a part of our history ever since our early ancestors set out to sea. There are currently over 40 known species of whales residing underwater, found throughout all of the world’s oceans. Here are 6 of the most famous ones. 

Weekly Update - 27th November 2017

There has been a recent familiar fluke that we’ve been seeing on our tours, so much so that we have named him to help identify him to our Sea Crew and passengers. Zeus was named due to the white scar that runs along his back which resembles the Greek God Zeus’ lightning bolt, his signature weapon.

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.

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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.

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 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.