From Christchurch: Kaikoura Whale Watching Day Tour

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Enjoy a full-day trip from Christchurch to Kaikoura. Experience coastal walks, local food, and whale watching.

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  • Admire picturesque coastal views as you wind your way down a scenic coastal road
  • Marvel at the incredible local wildlife on a thrilling whale watching excursion
  • Indulge in some local New Zealand wine or beer in the tow n of Waipara
  • Learn about the area and its varied wildlife from your guide along the way
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean from a viewpoint


Get picked up from one of the meeting points in Christchurch and head north towards Kaikoura. Your driver will point out some of Christchurch’s sights along the way. Stop in the town of Cheviot for morning tea and a stretch of the legs. After eating, get back on the road to Kaikoura. Weave your way along a stunning costal road and keep an eye out for surfers and local wildlife. You may even spot some seals. Arriving in Kaikoura, stop at a lookout to take in the majestic views of the mountains and the Pacific Ocean. Then, spend the morning exploring the township. In the afternoon, have a chance to meet some of the local whales on a whale watching excursion. Marvel at these ocean giants from the boat. After whale watching, start the journey back to Christchurch. On the way, stop at Waipara, one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions. Visit a locally owned and operated vineyard and taste a selection of wine. If you don't like wine, you may enjoy a tasting of beer instead. Please note 'Whale Watch' is on high demand with limited availability. This is booked separately by us and we will get in touch with you asap regarding this add on activity.


Transport from Christchurch to Kaikoura Guide Whale watching cruise Lunch Wine/beer Tasting Bottled water Snacks Wi-Fi

Important Information

  • Please notify the activity provider of any dietary requirements prior to travelling If you are prone to sea sickness, bring some anti-nausea pills with you

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