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

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.