Kaikoura - Marine Life Mecca

Every now and then I am fortunate enough to be able to get out from behind my desk and head out to see whale watching. Yesterday was one such occasion. I was reminded during my time out there how much I love my job and just how blessed we are with the abundance of marine life we have off the Kaikoura coastline. 

On our tour yesterday we saw sperm whales, dusky dolphins, NZ fur seals and marine birds. Here are a few pictures I managed to capture while I wasn't busy being excited with the 48 other passengers on board.

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There he blows

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Some of our guests enjoying their time with us

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Barney's Rock, a haul out area for NZ Fur Seals


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.


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.