A Look Back Over October 2017Wednesday, 08th November 2017Throughout October we saw semi-resident Sperm Whale Holy Moly along with plenty of transient male Sperm Whales soaking up the abundance of food on offer in the Kaikōura C...
Sperm Whales "Click" to communicate and navigate in the darkness of the deep sea, by listening to these clicks using an underwater directional hydrophone our experienced crew can determine where a whale (or whales) may be.
This week Kaikōura really lived up to its reputation of being a marine mecca, with a wide variety of marine mammals sighted in abundance on our tours! We saw a lot of large transient Sperm Whales visiting our Coast to indulge in the nutrient rich waters of the Hikurangi Trench, as well as Spotty Tail! A semi-residential Sperm Whale who we’ve been seeing for a while now.
We’ve also seen a great number of Pilot Whales over the week, on Tuesday we saw 50+ and then on Thursday we saw 150+! A couple of stray Humpback Whales have also been hanging around Kaikōura, which we don’t usually get to see in November, but we’re guessing they’re just enjoying the Kaikōura Canyon too much to leave!
Dolphin varieties we saw on our tours included the usual suspects, the acrobatic Duskies and endangered Hectors, and this week we saw a pod of 20+ Bottlenose. As well as seeing the smallest of the dolphin species, the Hector, we also spotted the largest – the Orca. That makes two weeks in a row of Orca sighting!
On Tuesday, the 14th of November which marked exactly 1 year on from when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck which raised our coastline and left our boats on dry land, we celebrated our official marina opening. Thank you to everyone’s support and well wishes over the past year, each word of encouragement has been truly appreciated.
Our Customer Service team are available from 7AM – 5.30PM daily.
Our Gift Shop’s opening hours are in line with our daily tour times. There are many fantastic marine & local based products available both in store and online BUY ONLINE TODAY.
Flukes Café’s opening hours are in line with our daily tour times. Fresh baking, great coffee, friendly service and stunning views are on offer.
SH1 SOUTH Christchurch – Cheviot - Kaikōura closed this week Monday – Friday from 20th - 24th November for major repair work. Re-opening Saturday – Sunday, 26th November 7:00AM – 8:00PM.There is another planned 5-day closure from Mon 27th Nov 2017 – Fri 1st Dec 2017 for repair work, INLAND ROUTE 70 IS OPEN 24/7.
SH1 NORTH from Kaikōura - Picton is closed. Re-opening on the 15th December 2017 7:00AM – 8:00PM.
All subject to weather conditions, slips, repair work and seismic activity. Updates available from the NZTA WEBSITE.
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.
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.