Whale Watching during January 2017

On the 14th November a 7.8 earthquake shook our wee town in the small hours of the morning along with the surrounding districts around us. The earthquake was powerful enough to lift the sea bed floor along the Kaikoura coastline. It took 6 weeks before we were able to be back out whale watching.

January 2nd 2016 was our first day back out at sea commercially, since then we have had such amazing sightings of whales, dolphins, NZ fur seals and marine birds. We are so thankful for the many people who have come to visit not only our business but our beautiful town.

We hope you enjoy this video of images we have been able to capture over the last 3 weeks of being back in business.

Whale Watch Kaikoura - January 2017


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.