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Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour from Christchurch including TranzCoastal Rail Journey

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  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 10.5 hours (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2950CLT08C

Spend the day getting close to nature on this Kaikoura Whale Watching tour from Christchurch. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea (approx 3-hours by coach). Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.


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  • Rail Tour
  • See the underwater world without getting wet
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

On arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour by boat. On the tour you may view the giant sperm whale and often other whale species, dolphins, seals and the Royal Albatross. Following the tour, lunch has been arranged at the Craypot Cafe and Bar. There will be the opportunity this afternoon to visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters .

Return to Christchurch by train, the TranzCoastal is one of the world's most scenic train journeys. See wildlife and stunning rugged coastline in the comfort of your train carriage.

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Tour departs from selected Christchurch hotels

Departure Time:
  • 7:30am

Hotel pickups commence prior to this time, you must contact the local service provider to verify your exact pickup time.

Return Details:

Returns to original departure point at approximately 6:00pm

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Tour excluding Lunch
Code: CLT8C

Tour including whale watching and one-way tranzCoastal train journey excluding Lunch

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Tour including Lunch
Code: CLT8CL

Tour including whale watching and one-way tranzCoastal train journey including Lunch

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Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour from Christchurch including TranzCoastal Rail Journey

Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour including TranzCoastal Train from Christchurch to Kaikoura

  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Live commentary on board
  • One way travel on TranzCoastal train (Kaikoura to Christchurch)
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Fur seal colony viewing
  • Gratuities (optional)
Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please note, infants under 3 years of age may not join the cruises but may travel on the light aircraft tours

Kaikoura Whale Watch Refund Policy:

  • Once the tour has commenced only the unused portion of the tour will be refunded should the boats not sail or the planes not fly
  • If due to whale sightings or weather conditions the boat offers a partial refund, this refund will be passed on to customers
  • If whale watch is undertaken by light aircraft and no whales are seen, no refund applies
  • A decision is made at 6:30am daily, based on weather conditions, as to whether the tour will depart Christchurch or be canceled. If tour is canceled, clients are notified by 7:15am and there are no cancellation fees charged. If the tour travels to Kaikoura and the whale watch cruises are canceled, whale watch plane tours are offered as an alternative. If clients do not wish to fly, or the plane tours are also canceled, then a cash refund of NZD 80.00 per adult is given. This refund is issued on the day of the tour Christchurch
  • Terms and Conditions:
    If you cancel at least 22 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
    If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: JOE P, January 2011

    Wonderful day & extremely well managed by the tour company when everything went south. Everyone was accommodated and nothing was lost. I cannot say enough for the tour company personnel and the way they handled everything...especially the driver, Chris. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!!!

    Reviewed by: Lesley S, United Kingdom, March 2010

    We only had a short stay in NZ so wanted to see as much as we could. Guide on bus was very informative, the whale watch was good - professional, good safety briefing and equipment and we saw whales and dolphins. The train trip back enabled us to see more of the countryside. Pickups from hotel were good. Best to do 1 way coach and 1 way train.
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    Tour code: 2950CLT08C