Tiaki, Jonah and Aoraki

We currently have three semi-resident sperm whales feeding close inshore - Tiaki, Jonah and Aoraki. All three sperm whales have big tails much to the delight of our guests who are hoping to capture a beautiful tail shot as they head down on another deep feeding dive. 

On our tours we focus on viewing these sperm whales (and any others that might have moved into the canyon overnight), if time is available throughout the tour we will try and view dusky dolphins, NZ fur seals, marine birds and anything else that may be of interest.

The following is a selection if images taken by one of our crew on the 10am tour on the 21st December 2015. 



There he blows


Tail time


One of our guides Ella enjoying the Dusky Dolphins



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 fortnightly on Fridays. Work is also underway on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.