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

Over the last week we had fantastic tours with great sightings of semi-resident sperm whales Tutu, Tiaki and Manu who were feeding reasonably close inshore. When time allowed we also viewed dusky & Hector’s dolphins, NZ fur seals and marine birds.

Winter has been making itself well and truly known over the last few days which reminds us to be taking care on the roads especially earlier in the day when ice can be an issue. For those of you who enjoy time on the slopes, local family owned ski field Mt Lyford is due to open on the 29th June (just in time for the school holidays!).

REMINDER - REGULAR, SCHEDULED CLOSURES OF STATE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF KAIKOURA

• The highway will be open during daylight hours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays (perfect for a long weekend getaway)

• The highway will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for repairs to take place. 

• The closure schedule is expected to remain in place until the end of September.

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, 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 in October 2017.

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.

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.

Not long until the July School Holidays - why not bring your family to Kaikōura & join us for a whale watch tour? There is also plenty to see & do before or after you join with us. Please consider taking the time to visit Kaikōura, your support is most welcome. July School Holiday Special

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura.