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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.

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.

 

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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.