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Whale Watch Kaikoura Weekly Update 18th March 2017

For guests who are planning on joining us please note NZTA have issued a notice to all travellers that State Highway 1 Coastal Route south from Kaikōura to Christchurch will be closed to all traffic from 8pm on Sunday 26 March to 7am on Tuesday 4 April. This is to allow remedial work to take place and to make the coastal route more resilient during times of unfavourable weather. Please use Inland Route 70 which is open 24/7 during this time.

 

Whale Watch Weekly Update - 13th March 2017

Sightings over the last week have been amazing. Last Thursday we were greeted by 3 blue whales on one of our tours which is incredible, also sighted was a humpback whale during the week along with our regular sightings of sperm whales, dolphins, seals and marine birds.

Whale Watch Weekly Update - 6th March 2017

We really have been treated to a wide variety of marine life sightings recently with 2 humpback whales, a blue whale, a pod of orca and sperm whales being sighted over the last week. Along with these majestic creatures we have also been viewing dusky, common and Hector’s dolphins along with NZ fur seals and various marine birds. Kaikōura is a very unique and fascinating place, well worth taking the time to visit.

WWK Weekly Update - 27th February 2017

We have had a wonderful week weather and sightings wise in Kaikōura. We were fortunate to have sightings of a humpback whale for a couple of days along with a blue whale which is always very special to see. Along with the amazing whale sightings, we also had the opportunity to see common, dusky & Hectors dolphins, NZ Fur Seals and marine birds. Kaikōura is a very unique and fascinating place, well worth taking the time to visit.

WWK Weekly Update - 20th Feb 2017

Kaikōura is as beautiful as ever with so much on offer. Over the last week we have had opportunities to view a pod of orca, a humpback whale, an Erect Crested & Yellow-Eyed Penguin as well as our commonly sighted sperm whales, dusky dolphins, NZ fur seals and amazing marine birds on our tours. We are certainly well worth considering when planning your next holiday.

Whale Watch Weekly Update - 13th February 2017

We are now 3 months on from the 7.8 earthquake that struck on 14th November 2016. So much has happened in that time to get us to where we are now as a company and a town. The support, encouragement and care shown by our industry partners, guests both past and present, and fellow Kaikourians has been overwhelming to say the least. 

Whale Watch Weekly Update - 7th February 2017

Over the last week we have been very fortunate in viewing sperm whales on our tours along with a rare sighting of a pod of beaked whales pass by the coastline – there is not much known about this species of whale due to their rare and infrequent sightings worldwide. When time allowed on our tours we also saw dolphins, seals and marine birds, Kaikōura really is such a marine mecca. 

Weekly Update - 31st January 2017

Happy Chinese New Year to all our Chinese Friends and Visitors. It has been another busy week out on the water with sightings of sperm whales, dusky dolphins, common dolphins, NZ fur seals and many marine bird species.

Weekly Update - 23rd January 2017

Over the last week we have been able to sight not only our regular sperm whales but also had a pod of beaked whales pass by the coastline.

Weekly Update 16th January 2017

It is fantastic being back out on the water with successful tours, fantastic sightings along with many happy passengers and crew alike. Over the last week we have been able to see sperm whales, dusky dolphins, Hector’s dolphins, NZ fur seals, marine birds.  

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This week has brought with it some crazy weather for us here in Kaikōura – with a lot of the Kaikōura District resembling a snow globe! The Kaikōura Ranges have seen a healthy amount of snow, making for a wonderful backdrop for our guests’ photos over the weekend. Last week we spotted semi-resident Sperm Whales Tiaki, Tutu and Aotearoa deep diving in the Hikurangi Trench. When time allowed, our tours have also seen pods of Dusky and Hector’s dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and various marine birds including the Giant Northern Petrel and the Black Browed Mollymawk. 

A few Humpback whales decided to pay Kaikōura an extra special visit on Tuesday – making whale watching possible from the beaches of South Bay! These humpbacks, who are currently making their way North from Antarctica to warmer waters, lived up to their playful and inquisitive reputation and put on a real show for people on their afternoon walks and lucky kayakers passing by.

NZ Travel blogger Bare Kiwi joined us on our Sunday’s whale watching tour for a ‘whale of a time’ with our semi-resident Sperm Whale Aotearoa. For the next six months Bare Kiwi will be somewhat of a local to Kaikōura so be sure to follow him on Instagram to keep up with the activities he gets up to here in Kaikōura. Check out this cool photo he snapped from our morning tour!

It was World Orca Day on Friday so we thought we’d post a wee throwback picture below of Summer 2016/2017 with the Orca. Did you know that even though Orca are referred to as Killer Whale’s, they are actually part of the dolphin family? The name ‘Killer Whale’ originated from the Orca being the only known predators to whales, mostly the young and injured. 

We are half way into the July school holidays here in New Zealand, are you still looking for ways to fill up the rest of the break? Winter is a great time to visit us here at Whale Watch, especially when children travel for free! We are offering a July School Holiday Special, so please consider taking the time to visit Kaikōura with your family and seeing our spectacular marine life.

REGULAR, SCHEDULED CLOSURES OF STATE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF KAIKOURA

There is a possibility of short delays and it will be 30km/hour through parts of the route. Inland Route 70 remains open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

As we enter into the cooler winter months it is a good reminder to take extra care on the roads and to check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling.

Progress is continuing to be made on the repair of the Kaikōura Marina, with the modified trailer and public jetty now being used for launching our vessel Tohora. This is due to tidal restrictions and repair work as a result of the coastline lifting by +1.0m. All our berths have now been removed. This is an end of an era but we are excited to see our new and improved marina once it is completed! The use of the modified trailer and public jetty will continue until further notice. It is anticipated that the Kaikōura Marina will be fully restored in October 2017.

Currently our available tour times are based around the tide times on the day and may differ from the tour times originally advertised, please bear with us as we continue to work toward being fully operational again. For an update on the tour times available, please contact our Customer Service team directly either by email on res@whalewatch.co.nz, phone +64 3 319 6767 or free phone 0800 655 121 (within NZ) and they will be able to help you with your inquiry.  Please note we are operating at a reduced capacity in the interim with up to 3 tours available per day. Please contact our team prior to arriving in Kaikōura to secure a space on one of our tours and to save disappointment.

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. 

TRANSPORT UPDATE

IntercityHasslefree Tours & Canterbury Leisure Tours have daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch, as well as Kiwi Experience now having the option of a day tour out of Christchurch for their travellers.

Progress on the work being done on roads (along with harbour repairs) can be found on this dedicated KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE page provided by the team at NZTA. This page is updated weekly on Friday. Work is also starting to take place on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura.