This short two day tour takes you north from Christchurch to the coastal town of Kaikoura. The Kaikoura township is a bustling little town with many cafes, restaurants and shops but the main reason for visiting here is the incredible wildlife. This tour includes the world famous Kaikoura Whale Watch tour plus you get to experience a magical swimming encounter with dusky dolphins off the coast. A fantastic way to spend two days while you are in Christchurch.This is an Independent coach tour, where you travel on a combination of touring coaches and sightseeing services with commentary and/or point to point coaches which may not have commentary. You will be with different people on each part of the tour and different drivers. You have free time to explore on your own and are free to choose where and when to eat, meals are not included unless specified.
What You'll Get
Day 1: Christchurch to Kaikoura
Stop At: Kaikoura, Kaikoura, Canterbury Region, South Island
Christchurch to Kaikoura by Intercity Coach
The drive north from Christchurch to Kaikoura first takes you through some fine rolling farmland and North Canterbury's major wine region, the Waipara Valley. Crossing the Hawkswood Range you descend towards the spectacular Kaikoura coastline and the road hugs the ocean as it winds its way the remaining 15 kilometers to the township. Kaikoura Township is a bustling little place with many cafes, restaurants and shops but the main reason for visiting here is the wildlife.
Duration: 1 day
Stop At: Encounter Kaikoura (Dolphin Encounter), 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Dolphin Encounter Swimming with the Dolphins
Experience a magical swimming encounter with dusky dolphins off the coast Kaikoura. You’ll be taken out in the catamaran and have the chance to swim in the water with these wild mammals in an completely natural environment. The dusky dolphin inhabits the waters around Kaikoura for most of the year - making it one of the only places in the world where dolphins can be encountered every day.
Duration: 3 hours
No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at the White Morph Hotel, Kaikoura. Set on the Esplanade in Kaikoura with commanding views of the ocean.
Day 2: Kaikoura to Christchurch
Stop At: Whale Watch Kaikōura, Whaleway Station Rd, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Experience New Zealand's only marine based whale watching company. Whale Watch Kaikoura offer a once-in-a-lifetime, up close encounter with the giant Sperm Whale. You are also likely to encounter New Zealand fur seals, dusky dolphins and albatross. Depending on the season you may also see pilot, blue and southern right whales as well as migrating humpbacks. Often orcas can be spotted here and the world's smallest dolphin, the Hectors, occasionally make an appearance. Cruise in style on modern catamarans, specifically designed for whale watching - Featuring large passenger cabins and outside viewing decks. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept below the vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Christchurch, Christchurch, Canterbury Region, South Island
Kaikoura to Christchurch by Intercity Coach:
The drive from Kaikoura to Christchurch continues to follow the spectacular coastline before heading inland and through North Canterbury's major wine region, the Waipara Valley. You are also introduced to the South Island's most numerous inhabitant, the sheep. Arriving into Christchurch City puts you close to the airport and the International Antarctic Centre and a visit the following day is highly recommended.
Duration: 3 hours
No meals included on this day.
No accommodation included on this day.
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infants must sit on laps
- Most travelers can participate
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
- Accommodation included: 1 night
- Air-conditioned vehicle
- Restroom on board
- 1 nights accommodation at the White Morph Kaikoura
- Experienced English-speaking coach drivers with some commentary on board.
- Coach transport from Christchurch to Kaikoura and return
- Whale Watch Kaikoura tour
- Dolphin Encounter - Swim with the Dolphins in Kaikoura
- Entry/Admission - Encounter Kaikoura (Dolphin Encounter)
- Entry/Admission - Whale Watch Kaikōura
- Tipping. Meals, snacks and drinks. Pre and post tour accommodation.
- Insurance not included. Travel insurance is required for all of our tours
Returns to original departure point
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