Flukes Cafe & Whale Watch Retail

Take some of the magic home with you. Whale Watch offer a unique selection of clothing, books, posters, postcards, jewelry and souvenirs at our gift shop adjacent to Whale Watch Reservations.

Retail s 110916 asphoto 0915 2

Didn’t quite get that perfect tail shot? Looking for a gift for someone who loves marine life? Want to take home a memento of your time whale watching? Then look no further than the Whale Watch gift shop which offers a unique selection of post cards, books, DVD’s, posters, clothing and souvenirs for both adults & children. Also for those who may succumb to motion sickness we have Sea-Bands for hire and @Ease herbal motion sickness tablets available for purchase along with Memory Cards, Sun Glasses and Sun Screen – all to help make your time out of the ocean complete!

Visit Online Store Now


Flukes By The Sea

Situated right on the seafront, Flukes Seaside Cafe is Kaikōura's best kept secret, offering a relaxed atmosphere with one of the best views in town. Flukes breakfast and brunch menu is on offer daily. Enjoy a cup of freshly-made coffee and sample the homemade muffins, scones and savoury items on offer.

Flukes Café, homemade beef burger served with salad and fries.

We are able to cater for groups on request, for a sit down breakfast or lunch, or packed lunches for those groups on the move and we do not have a surcharge on New Zealand public holidays. Email the team at Flukes Cafe to make your booking flukescafe@whalewatch.co.nz

101006 asphoto 24728

Breathtaking views

Flukes Cafe offers free WiFi to all our guests. Take time to send pics home or update your social media accounts with the amazing pics you took while you were out whale watching, all the while enjoying a freshly-made coffee and home made treats. 

Tour Group Menu Selection - please book at least 48 hours in advance

Menu downland

Summer hours
7 AM - 9 AM (Mon-Fri): Fresh Coffee and Cabinet Food
9 AM - 4 PM: Fresh Coffee and All Day Menu
Winter hours
9 AM - 2 PM: Fresh Coffee and All Day Menu

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.

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.