Whale Watch Kaikoura Weekly Update - 30th May 2017
What a great week of sightings out on our tours over the last week. We have had semi-resident sperm whales Holy Moly, Tutu and Manu feeding close inshore. Over the week we have also started to see the annual migration begin with humpback whales now starting to make their way up from Antarctica to the warmer waters over the winter period and becoming semi-regular sightings off the Kaikōura coast.
Queen’s Birthday Weekend is set to be a good one in Kaikōura with the Annual Cold Water Classic Surf Competition bringing surfers from all over New Zealand, so if you are still looking for somewhere to visit over the long weekend why not come visit Kaikōura, watch some surfing and take in a whale watching experience while you’re at it!
Great news - State Highway 1 (South of Kaikōura) will reopen to all traffic on Friday 2nd June from 7.30am. The plan is to keep the highway open 7.30am to 5.15pm during the winter months as much as possible, starting from this Friday. This will be weather dependant, so please be prepared for any unplanned closures. Please be aware that 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 being made on the repair of the Kaikōura Marina and we continue to switch between using a berth and our modified trailer unit for launching our vessel Tohorā, when and where possible we are also making use of the public jetty that we have modified, thisis due to tidal restrictions and repair work as a result of the coastline lifting by +1.0m. It is anticipated that the Kaikōura Marina will be fully restored by October 2017.
Dredging of the outer channel of the Kaikōura marina is well advanced.
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 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. 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.
- Our Customer Service team are available from 7am – 5.30pm daily.
- Our Gift Shop’s opening hours are in line with our daily tour times. There are many fantastic marine & local based products available both in store and online BUY ONLINE TODAY.
- Flukes Café’s opening hours are in line with our daily tour times, with fresh baking, great coffee, friendly service and stunning views on offer.
Kaikōura 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.
- SH1 SOUTH Christchurch – Cheviot - Kaikōura from Friday 2nd June 2017 is open 7.30am to 5.15pm during the winter months.
- INLAND ROUTE 70 Christchurch - Hanmer Springs - Kaikōura is open 24/7
- SH1 NORTH from Kaikōura - Picton is closed until December 2017
All subject to weather conditions, slips, repair work and seismic activity. Updates available from the NZTA WEBSITE.
Intercity, Hasslefree 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.
Please consider taking the time to visit Kaikōura, your support is most welcome.
The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura.