Conservation challenge 1

Plastic is the most common item of rubbish found on beaches and in the oceans worldwide examples being plastic bottles, plastic bags, bottle lids, plastic strapping, lighters, cups and so much more.

Lyelle Creek Clean Up

Your challenge is to think about your plastic footprint and how you can significantly reduce the unnecessary amount of plastic you use daily, here are some suggestions in how to do so:

  1. Instead of buying one time disposable water bottles buy one (or two) re-usable water bottles…
  2. Buy a few re-usable bags which you can take shopping with you which will cut down hugely on the amount of plastic bags you would otherwise use throughout the year.
  3. Invest in a re-usable coffee mug and ask your favourite coffee shop if they will fill it up instead of the one-time use cups! Styrofoam is a different form of plastic that is just as bad for the ocean…
  4. Carry your own cutlery with you (bamboo utensils are a great alternative), not only will this reduce your carbon forkprint it will also reduce the amount of plastic knives, forks and spoons washing up on the beaches.

Quick facts:

Working with the local schools in a beach clean up

Extra challenge:

Take time to clean up the local water ways in your area whether that could be in the form of a beach / river or lake clean up. Gather together some friends and make it a regular event, take a look at your local council website as they may have a clean-up happening nearby and most importantly pass this challenge on and encourage others to reduce their plastic footprint.

Throughout the week we have continued to see transient Sperm Whales as well as semi-residential Sperm Whale Jonah. We also encountered the regular non-whale visitors on the majority of our tours, including Dusky Dolphins, Hectors Dolphins and NZ Fur Seals.

Orca made an appearance over the weekend and are kicking off our Summer season early! We spotted five of them Saturday afternoon, making for some serious exciting tours for not only our passengers but also our Sea Crew!

The official opening of our marina is tomorrow, and you’re all invited! The 14th of November marks exactly one year on from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck us last year. There is a dawn blessing at 6:00AM and special guests will be arriving at 12:30PM, so come celebrate with a BBQ and some boat and marina tours with us! If you can’t make it, then don’t worry as we’ll be going live over on our Facebook Page.

ROAD ACCESS UPDATE

There is a possibility of short delays with it being 30km/hour through parts of the route. Check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling. INLAND ROUTE 70 IS OPEN 24/7.

KAIKOURA BUSINESS UPDATE

Kaikōura is open for business. For latest updates on accommodation, restaurant and retail information please contact the team at the Kaikōura I-Site who will be able to help you find what suits your needs during your stay in Kaikōura. 

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 (along with harbour repairs) 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.

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura.