Orca in June!

Generally we sight orca off the Kaikōura coastline between the months of November to March, our summer months. However today (the first day of winter) we sighted a pod of orca out on one our morning tours. As you could imagine it was not expected but very much appreciated by all who were out on whale watching.


Orca named Groovy - PC Mallorie Hackett

  • Orcas are able to reach a speed of about 30 miles (48 kilometers) an hour.
  • A thick layer of fat, or blubber, helps an orca stay warm even in icy waters.
  • A baby orca, or calf, is usually born tail-first. It weighs about 400 pounds (180 kilograms).
  • Female orcas tend to live longer than males. Females can live to be 90 years old; males live about 50 years. An orca's only enemy is people.
  • The largest male orca ever recorded was 10 meters long. It weighed 22,000 pounds (10,000 kilograms).




State Highway 1 both North & South of Kaikōura

& Inland Road Route 70 between Christchurch (via Waiau) to Kaikōura is OPEN 24/7.

Please drive to the conditions & visit nzta.govt.nz/p2c for more information.