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Kaikoura Day Tour & Whale Watching Cruise from Christchurch

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Embark on a day tour for a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains to Kaikoura. Board a catamaran in the afternoon with Whale Watch Kaikoura to enjoy an up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale.
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Duration: 9 hours
Starting time 8:30 AM
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  • Experience the magic of whale watching in Kaikoura on a day tour from Christchurch
  • Enjoy a spectacular journey through the sights of the Canterbury Plains
  • Listen to informative and entertaining commentary from your local guide
  • Benefit from free time to explore Kaikoura village and the flexibility to pick your own lunch option on the day
  • View New Zealand Fur Seals at the local seal colony
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Some of the most majestic creatures in the sea are waiting in the waters of Kaikoura and you can see them up close! Enjoy a cruise into the beauty of the Pacific, get to know the countryside, and admire the pure natural beauty of New Zealand.

After pick-up from your hotel, your guide leads you out on a scenic drive across the Canterbury plains, sharing some knowledge about the environment as you make your way to Kaikoura. When you arrive in town, take a tour around the peninsula that forms its southern tip and look for fur seals relaxing in their natural environment.

Once you've had some free time to explore, step aboard a modern catamaran and voyage out to meet some whales. Watch the seas for an up-close encounter with the giant sperm whales that frequent the coastal waters, and get a chance to see fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and rare wandering albatross along the way. After you return to shore, take the scenic drive back to Christchurch, where the tour will conclude.
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Guided tour of Christchurch and Kaikoura
  • Experienced local guide
  • Whale-watching cruise
  • Live tour commentary provided in English
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drink

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  • Comfortable shoes
Know before you go
• If you are prone to motion sickness, please take any necessary precautions, consult a medical professional before taking any medication
• You are welcome to bring your own or purchase lunch on the day, Kaikoura is filled with many wonderful eateries from cafés and restaurants to delicious seafood carts
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Product ID: 165366