Conservation challenge 1

Plastic is the most common item of rubbish found on beaches and in the oceans worldwide examples being plastic bottles, plastic bags, bottle lids, plastic strapping, lighters, cups and so much more.

Lyelle Creek Clean Up

Your challenge is to think about your plastic footprint and how you can significantly reduce the unnecessary amount of plastic you use daily, here are some suggestions in how to do so:

  1. Instead of buying one time disposable water bottles buy one (or two) re-usable water bottles…
  2. Buy a few re-usable bags which you can take shopping with you which will cut down hugely on the amount of plastic bags you would otherwise use throughout the year.
  3. Invest in a re-usable coffee mug and ask your favourite coffee shop if they will fill it up instead of the one-time use cups! Styrofoam is a different form of plastic that is just as bad for the ocean…
  4. Carry your own cutlery with you (bamboo utensils are a great alternative), not only will this reduce your carbon forkprint it will also reduce the amount of plastic knives, forks and spoons washing up on the beaches.

Quick facts:

Working with the local schools in a beach clean up

Extra challenge:

Take time to clean up the local water ways in your area whether that could be in the form of a beach / river or lake clean up. Gather together some friends and make it a regular event, take a look at your local council website as they may have a clean-up happening nearby and most importantly pass this challenge on and encourage others to reduce their plastic footprint.

We had it all over the weekend – sunshine, wild wind, sleet, warmth, cold and beautiful new snow on the Kaikoura ranges. Despite the conditions over the weekend in the days leading up we had some great tours with sightings of semi-resident sperm whales Manu and Tiaki and hen time allowed we also saw dusky dolphins, Hector’s dolphins, NZ fur seals and marine birds.

The most recent update on State Highway 1 South from Kaikoura is that it is expected to remain closed till the end of May to allow the construction of a temporary road and rail alignment around the base of the large landslide that came down during April’s heavy rain at Easter. Please allow extra time as you travel through Inland Route 70 which 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, this is 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 res@whalewatch.co.nz 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.

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.

Transport Update:

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.