Flukes Cafe & Whale Watch Retail

Take some of the magic home with you. Whale Watch offer a unique selection of clothing, books, posters, postcards, jewelry and souvenirs at our gift shop adjacent to Whale Watch Reservations.

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Didn’t quite get that perfect tail shot? Looking for a gift for someone who loves marine life? Want to take home a memento of your time whale watching? Then look no further than the Whale Watch gift shop which offers a unique selection of post cards, books, DVD’s, posters, clothing and souvenirs for both adults & children. Also for those who may succumb to motion sickness we have Sea-Bands for hire and @Ease herbal motion sickness tablets available for purchase along with Memory Cards, Sun Glasses and Sun Screen – all to help make your time out of the ocean complete!

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Flukes By The Sea

Situated right on the seafront, Flukes Seaside Cafe is Kaikōura's best kept secret, offering a relaxed atmosphere with one of the best views in town. Flukes breakfast and brunch menu is on offer daily. Enjoy a cup of freshly-made coffee and sample the homemade muffins, scones and savoury items on offer.

Flukes Café, homemade beef burger served with salad and fries.

We are able to cater for groups on request, for a sit down breakfast or lunch, or packed lunches for those groups on the move and we do not have a surcharge on New Zealand public holidays. Email the team at Flukes Cafe to make your booking flukescafe@whalewatch.co.nz

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Breathtaking views

Flukes Cafe offers free WiFi to all our guests. Take time to send pics home or update your social media accounts with the amazing pics you took while you were out whale watching, all the while enjoying a freshly-made coffee and home made treats. 

Tour Group Menu Selection - please book at least 48 hours in advance

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Summer hours
7 AM - 9 AM (Mon-Fri): Fresh Coffee and Cabinet Food
9 AM - 4 PM: Fresh Coffee and All Day Menu
Winter hours
9 AM - 2 PM: Fresh Coffee and All Day Menu

Even though we’re still in the last month of Winter, it’s starting to feel more and more like Spring! It was a cracker weekend here in Kaikōura with amazing sea conditions and picture perfect days to go along with it.

This week we saw semi-residential whales Tiaki, Matimati, Tutu and Aoraki as well as some visiting Sperm Whales to our region. It’s so encouraging to see these whales returning to our region time and time again as they are always our favourites to see out on the water.

Four Humpback Whales were seen on our tours this week. September marks the end of their annual migration, so it’s not too long until we stop seeing the most acrobatic whales on the planet on our tours completely until next year’s journey takes them back through Kaikōura waters again.

Wednesday’s tour got to see a pod of 300 Dusky Dolphins playing with a Giant Warty Squid, also known as the Longarm Octopus Squid. These squid grow up to two meters in length and are a staple part of the Sperm Whale’s diet. A truly spectacular sight to see!

We currently have an end of winter sale on at our Retail Store at the moment, a whopping 25% off all hoodies, jackets and merino items! We need to make room for new summer stock, so head over to our online store to get your hands on some winter goodies.

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. Below is a graphic (indicative only) of what is being restored at the marina.

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.