Whale Watch Weekly Update - 7th February 2017

Kia Ora Friends

***WHALE WATCH KAIKOURA UPDATE***

Over the last week we have been very fortunate in viewing sperm whales on our tours along with a rare sighting of a pod of beaked whales pass by the coastline – there is not much known about this species of whale due to their rare and infrequent sightings worldwide. When time allowed on our tours we also saw dolphins, seals and marine birds, Kaikōura really is such a marine mecca.  

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Photo Credit: Annika Dahlberg

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Beaked Whales 3rd February 2017

Progress is being made on repairs to the Kaikōura Marina and we continue to switch between using a berth and our modified trailer unit for launching our vessel Tohorā, this is due to tidal restrictions and repair work due to the uplift of the coastline by +1.0m. Launching from the trailer is how we loaded our passengers in the old days of whale watching.

Please note that currently, available tour times are based around the tide times on the day and may differ from the tour times originally advertised. For an update on the tour times available please contact our Customer Service team directly either by email on res@whalewatch.co.nz or phone +64 3 319 6767 or free phone 0800 655 121 (within NZ) and they will be able to help you with your inquiry.  We are operating at a reduced capacity in the interim with up to 3 tours operating per day, please contact our team prior to arriving in Kaikōura to secure a space on one of our tours and to save disappointment.

Please refer to our social media channels for regular updates throughout the week, when and where they are available.

Kaikōura Business Update:

Transport Update:

Please note there are speed restrictions in place for both road accesses. (All subject to weather conditions, slips, repair work and seismic activity). Updates available from the NZTA WEBSITE.

There is also a new website dedicated to the KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE that has weekly updates on the progress being made with the road, rail and marina work being done.

Intercity has daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch, timings as follows:       

8728      Departs Christchurch           07:00          Arrives Kaikōura  09:40
8727      Departs Kaikōura             15:50          Arrives Christchurch 18:25

Please visit their website for more details and trip bookings INTERCITY BUS SERVICE

We appreciate your continual support and words of encouragement over the last 11 weeks,

 

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura.

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.