Weekly Update 9th January 2017
Kia Ora Friends
***WHALE WATCH KAIKOURA UPDATE***
Great News as of Monday 2nd January 2017 we have been able to commence commercial whale watching trips again! We have been having successful tours and fantastic sightings with happy passengers and crew alike.
We are currently switching between the use of our berth and modified trailer unit to load and unload our passengers, we are currently operating up to 3 tours per day and our tour schedule is updated on a weekly basis. Operating from a 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 as we are unable to operate around the low-tide 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 so please contact them prior to arriving in Kaikōura to secure a space on one of our tours.
Our Customer Service team are ready to take your calls or answer your emails. They are available from 7am daily.
Thank you for your patience while we work at getting the Kaikōura marina fully operational and work with our interim tour timetable.
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.
Kaikōura Business Updat
78 - Accommodation Providers (68%) are currently open for business.
100 - Retail, Hospitality and General Service Providers (83%) are currently open for business.
47 – Activity Providers (83%) are currently open for business.
Huge progress has been made in regards to road access to Kaikōura with the Inland Road now fully open both ways. State Highway 1 South is also open between the hours of 6am – 8pm daily, please note there is speed restrictions in place for both road accesses. (All subject to weather conditions and seismic activity). Updates available from the NZTA website.
Intercity have introduced two new daily bus services. First service is between Nelson and Christchurch which will travel via Murchison, Springs Junction and Hanmer Springs.
Intercity has also re-introduced daily services from Christchurch to Kaikoura, with the first day of travel being Thursday 12 January. They will operate a return service from Christchurch with timings as follows:
Departs Christchurch 07:00
Arrives Kaikoura 09:40
Departs Kaikoura 15:50
Arrives Christchurch 18:25
Please visit their website for more details and trip bookings http://www.intercity.co.nz/
Again our team appreciate your continued support, we’re excited to be back out whale watching!
The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura