Full-Day Kaikoura Tour From Christchurch

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 10 Hrs 30 Mins
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  • Departure Time :
    8:00 AM Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation.
  • Departure Details :
    Christchurch City Accommodation
  • Return Details :
    Christchurch City Accommodation
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Leave the city behind and come on a scenic journey over the Canterbury Plains. This tour is sure to suit everyone with an included whale watch tour on a modern catamaran, time to explore the Kaikoura Township and a visit to a seal colony.


Close encounter with wildlife

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

This full-day tour includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Kaikoura. Once in Kaikoura, make your way to a lookout to enjoy the breath-taking views.

Next, make your way around to a seal colony before heading into Kaikoura for some free time to explore and maybe have some lunch.

Then board a modern catamaran for an exciting whale watch tour. This tour offers views of the giant sperm whale. A typical whale watch may include fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and endangered wandering albatross.

Sit back and relax in comfort on your return journey to Christchurch.


Whale Watching tour


Live commentary on board

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Hotel pickup and drop-off




Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Minimum drinking age is 18 years

Minimum age is 2 years

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 27-Nov-2019

    Beautiful scenery, fantastic guide, tour was a little rushed but the whale watching more than made up for it

  • 06-Jan-2018

    Weather was fine. Sited two whales. On the way and return we appreciated the landscapes of the south island

  • 09-Nov-2017

    The place was very pretty, we enjoyed the whale watching trip and considering what Kaikoura had been through everyone was really friendly and helpful. The downside again was the guide. Not very knowledgeable, there were only four of us but the guide decided we could just chat amongst ourselves. I think some of these guides should be called drivers.

  • 06-Oct-2017

    Totally amazing day with so many sightings of whales. Great seafood lunch and staff very friendly and helpful

  • 28-Jul-2017

    A great trip

  • 20-Feb-2017

    Unfortunately, I have to give three stars because the whale watch part of the tour was cancelled due to high winds. Other than that, I was pleased with the service, and the driver/guide did her best to make up for our disappointment. She conducted a scenic tour along the coast on the trip to Kaikoura, with refreshment stop along the way, and after the whale watch was cancelled, took the inland road back to give us a different look. She also offered to take us to the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch on the return trip. The portion of the tour for the whale watch was refunded.

  • 02-Feb-2017

    Tour, guide and organization were perfect! Due to the weather conditions, a part of the tour had to be cancelled, but we quickly got a refund AND did something superb instead.

  • 29-Sep-2016

    Great tour. Very informative and not rushed at all. Loved the whales, dolphins and seals and learnt lots about Canterbury area from our driver.

  • 31-Mar-2016

    Excellent day. Great scenery, great guide with plenty to see and do.