Weekly Update - 23rd January 2017
Kia Ora Friends
***WHALE WATCH KAIKOURA UPDATE***
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 – there is not much known about this species of whale due to their rare and infrequent sightings worldwide. There was also a blue whale sighted last Monday which was incredible for all to see. And of course we had our regular sightings such as dolphins, seals and marine birds. Kaikōura truly is a marine mecca.
Progress is being made with the work on the Kaikōura Marina however we are currently switching between using a berth and our modified trailer unit for launching our vessel Tohorā in the Kaikōura Marina, this is due to tidal restrictions and repair work that is taking place post-earthquake following the uplift of the coastline by +1.0m. Launching from the trailer is how we loaded our passengers in the old days of whale watching.
Please note that post-earthquake, available tour times are now based around the tide times on the day and may differ from the tour times originally advertised. For an update on the tour times available please contact our Customer Service team directly either by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +64 3 319 6767 or free phone 0800 655 121 (within NZ) and they will be able to help you with your inquiry. We are operating at a reduced capacity in the interim with up to 3 tours operating per day, please contact our team prior to arriving in Kaikōura to secure a space on one of our tours and to save disappointment.
Our Customer Service team are ready to take your calls or answer your emails. They are available from 7am daily.
Our gift shop is also open 9am – 3pm. There are many fantastic marine & local based products available both in store and online BUY ONLINE TODAY
Flukes Café is also open from 9am – 3pm with fresh baking, great coffee, friendly service and stunning views on offer.
Please refer to our social media channels for regular updates throughout the week, posted where and when they are available.
Kaikōura Business Update:
- 78% of Accommodation Providers are currently open for business.
- 88% of Retail, Hospitality and General Service Providers are currently open for business.
- 88% of Activity Providers are currently open for business.
- EARTHQUAKE UPDATE FAQ's
- SH1 SOUTH to Christchurch is open between 6am – 8pm
- INLAND ROUTE 70 between Hanmer Springs and Kaikōurais open 24/7
- SH1 NORTH from Kaikōura - Picton is closed for up to 12 months
Please note there are speed restrictions in place for both road accesses. (All subject to weather conditions, slips, repair work and seismic activity). Updates available from the NZTA WEBSITE.
Intercity has also re-introduced daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch, timings as follows:
8728 Departs Christchurch 07:00 Arrives Kaikōura 09:40
8727 Departs Kaikōura 15:50 Arrives Christchurch 18:25
Please visit their website for more details and trip bookings INTERCITY BUS SERVICE
We appreciate all your support over the last 9 weeks,
The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura