Tours & activities by Madison Linden Inc from Viator

  • Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
  • Duration: 10.5 hours (approx.)
From USD $304.31

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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 Coastal Pacific Train 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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:

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.

10.5 hours
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

USD $304.31
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Tour including Lunch
Code: CLT8CL

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

USD $333.64
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Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour from Christchurch including Coastal Pacific Train 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 Coastal Pacific 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
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    Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel within 21 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

    Traveler Reviews

    Reviewed by: Aaron S, January 2016

    Everything went well, Hank, our personal driver, was there punctually in the morning, to pick us up. We had a nice ride north to Kaikoura. The whale watching was great, although a lot of people got seasick. We saw lots of birds and two, almost three sperm whales!
    The train ride back to Christchurch was comfy, we were very tired though because of the jetlag, so we slept most of the ride home.

    Reviewed by: Alkhattab, March 2015

    It was good trip but the wave was too high and I got sea sickness.
    I did not enjoy it that much.
    If you are planning to go take sea sickness tablet .
    We did not manage to see the whale and we get partial refund.
    Boat stuff was very good and very helpful.
    The boat was nice.
    It was great adventur