關於凱庫拉觀鯨

凱庫拉觀鯨是一家由凱庫拉的 Ngāti Kuri 部落原住民擁有運營的旅遊公司,獲得了多項國際生態旅遊大獎,Ngāti Kuri 部落是南島較大的毛利人部落 Ngāi Tahu 的一個分支。 

凱庫拉觀鯨成立於1987年,當時毛利人也深受凱庫拉經濟衰退的困擾。在此困難時期,Ngāti Kuri 部落領導Bill Solomon認為當地抹香鯨是毛利社區失業問題的解決方法。他們知道自己的祖先Paikea就是騎在鯨魚Tohora的背上來到新西蘭,Paikea的 後代相信他們同樣可以騎在鯨背上乘風破浪駛向新生活。

Bill Solomon

而且事實也證明的確如此。

凱庫拉觀鯨的 Ngāti Kuri 創始人抵押自己的房產獲得企業啟動所需的貸款。在最初的運營日子裏,旅行者承載小型充氣船到海上觀光。後來,充氣船為備具有觀光甲板的大型觀光船 所替代,現在凱庫拉觀鯨有5艘專門針對觀鯨設計的現代雙體船。由於凱庫拉觀鯨艦隊的不斷擴大,公司在南海灣修建了自己的船舶停靠區。現在所有的觀鯨之旅都 是從這裏出發的。

由於凱庫拉觀鯨的巨大成功,凱庫拉現在是新西蘭提供海洋野生動物觀覽的最佳旅遊勝地之一。凱庫拉觀鯨公司刺激帶動了對於當地新的酒店住所、餐廳和眾多咖啡店,畫廊的投資,現在這裏的畫廊掛滿了當地藝術家的傑作。

Paikea 和 Tohorā 是凱庫拉觀鯨的核心象征。他們代表了人類世界與自然世界的精神紐帶,展示了毛利人對於自然界的尊敬之情,而非簡單的開 發利用。凱庫拉觀鯨是一家由凱庫拉的 Ngāti Kuri 部落原住民擁有運營的旅遊公司,獲得了新西蘭多項生態旅遊獎項,Ngāti Kuri 部落是南島上較大 Ngāi Tahu 部落下的一個毛利人部落。

Becky Clayton

Kia Ora

Whale Watch monitors the latest public health advice and adapts the operation accordingly.

Key Themes:

  1. If you are unwell, have been to a place of interest in the last 14-days or are awaiting a covid test please stay home.
  2. Contact tracing is required so we ask you to scan in with the covid tracer app or use the manual sign-in option provided.
  3. We ask that you wear a face covering.
  4. Our cleaning procedures have been enhanced and hand sanitizer is available.
  5. We ask that you listen to all instructions provided by our team, please be patient and kind.

Vaccination Mandates - The Vaccine Pass - Covid19 Protection Framework

From Friday 3rd December 2021 all customers to Whale Watch will be required to present a valid New Zealand Government vaccine pass as part of the New Zealand Governments Covid19 Protection Framework to travel on our tours and enter our premises unless they are exempt.

You are exempt if;

  1. You are ineligible for vaccination.
  2. Children under 12-years and 3-months of age.
  3. People who are clinically exempted.

Please note: You may also be required to show a valid form of ID in the form of a current New Zealand drivers license, Passport or 18+ Kiwi Access Card to validate your ID. Please ensure you have one of these options readily available upon request.

The message from the New Zealand Government is clear. To enjoy the full life everyone in New Zealand deserves, get vaccinated today. If you are already vaccinated, do your best to help your friends and family get their vaccinations so we can all enjoy life within the new system. 

Covid19 Protection Framework

Should you have any concerns or questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Support Services team.