Whale Watch Kaikoura

Departing Christchurch aboard the Coastal Pacific, our two-day package will take you to the quaint seaside town of Kaikoura for an unforgettable day out with Whale Watch Kaikoura

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Experience one of New Zealand's greatest wonders

From $653* per person

*One night, based on share twin, travel December to April 2020, enquire today for other travel dates


Setting off in the early morning from Christchurch, your journey begins on the Coastal Pacific train soaking up the scenery. Then, in the afternoon you'll be heading out to sea to witness some of the world's greatest marine mammals as they huff and heave before descending beneath the waves, raising their tails high into the air as they depart. 

Our Whale Watch Kaikōura package is simply unforgettable.


Day 1: Morning

While you relax with Morning Tea aboard the Coastal Pacific, we'll be taking you on a journey across the mighty Canterbury Plains, where you'll see the Southern Alps dominating the horizon. We'll then weave through rural New Zealand, heading through Amberley and Waipara, past traditional farmsteads and frolicking sheep. From these flat pastures, we join the broad Conway River, following its course through a narrow forested valley as it flows into the Pacific Ocean. The final stage of this magnificent journey straddles the wild beaches of Oaro, before tunnelling through the mountains and out onto the vast Kaikōura plains.

Upon arrival in Kaikōura, you'll be greeted and transferred to your accommodation where you can relax and get dressed for your next adventure!


Coastal Pacific cruises along the beach near Oaro
Whale tail rising from the Pacific Ocean
Looking down over Kaikoura from the lookout


Day 1: Afternoon

After checking in to your accommodation, you'll have time to take a stroll around Kaikōura, perhaps enjoying a spot of shopping or a light lunch at one the many cafes.

By early afternoon, one of our hosts will be meeting you at your hotel and taking you out for your great whale-spotting adventure. Be sure to wear seafaring clothes - flat-bottomed shoes, jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen. The boats are filled with comfortable seating, but you'll want to be outside! 

Your Whale Watch Kaikōura Experience

The pinnacle of many people's visit to New Zealand is an exhilarating Whale Watch Kaikōura encounter to witness Sperm Whales as they rest between dives. Floating on the surface, these huge mammals spend several minutes in-taking breaths and jettisoning clouds of water high into the air. Once refuelled with oxygen, their mighty tails rise majestically from the water, and with one slow and powerful swoosh, they return to the depths. It is a rare and tremendous sight to behold, but for Whale Watch Kaikōura it is almost guaranteed you will witness at least one of these leviathans, with many trips sighting several. Whilst sailing back to shore, it is also common for schools of dolphins to swim alongside, playing happily in the boat's wake and putting on a performance for the crowds on board.


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Looking across the uplifted rocks at Kaikoura


Day 2: Morning

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast followed by a morning of relaxation. On check-out, you can leave your bags at your accommodation and enjoy a twenty-minute stroll along the beach to the local cafes and shops. The fascinating Kaikōura Museum is also worth visiting to find out more about the town's history and the dramatic effects of the recent earthquake.



Day 2: Afternoon

In the early afternoon, you'll be collected from your previous night's accommodation along with your luggage by a local guide and taken on a 2-hour tour of Kaikōura, visiting places of interest and learning more about this amazing town and its history. Venture out onto the rocks famously raised during the 2016 earthquake. Stroll around to Kaikōura famous seal colony. Head up to the viewpoint for dramatic 360° views of the town and the Kaikōura peninsula. Everywhere you go, stunning views of the Kaikoura mountains will dominate the northern horizon. There are few places on Earth that leave such a lasting impression.

After your guided tour, you will be returned to the Kaikōura train station where the Coastal Pacific will return to carry you back to Christchurch for the early evening. Relax and enjoy stunning views of the Canterbury countryside as the sun descends over the mountains. During the journey, you'll be treated to Dinner while watching the sun go down over Canterbury, with the option of buying additional drinks from the licensed cafe to say "Cheers" to a fantastic couple of days.



You can choose your accommodation from the following options when booking this package.

Kaikōura Boutique Hotel: 4-Star

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Kaikōura Boutique Hotel is located on the waterfront within walkable distance of the local shops and restaurants. Stylish and comfortable rooms, a dining room serving breakfast - and Pheonix Champagne Bar!

Offering super luxurious and stunning rooms with ultra-comfortable king beds, superior linen, bespoke furniture, stunning interior design, designer bathrooms, rain-water shower-head, New Zealand made luxury pamper products, 42" flat screen smart TV, mini bar, fridge, tea & coffee making facilities.

Room type: Junior Waterfront King


Anchor Inn Motel Kaikōura: 4-Star

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The Anchor Inn Motel is a modern and stylish motel superbly located on the Kaikōura waterfront, with rooms enjoying magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the mighty Kaikōura ranges.

Within close proximity to the town centre and some of Kaikōura's best restaurants, you couldn't wish for a more convenient place to stay. All rooms offer outside seating, couches in lounge, dining table, kitchenettes, ensuite showers or baths and large screen TVs with 51 channel cable TV.

Room type: Luxury Ocean View King/Queen




The minimum age limit for children travelling on a whale watch tour is 3yrs+, although Whale Watch Kaikōura maintains the right to raise the age limit depending on sea and weather conditions at the time of check-in. This decision is made by the skipper of the scheduled vessel.

During times of high demand, if the advertised package hotel is not available, a substitution of a similar standard hotel may be made to complete the package.

What's included:

  • Return travel on Coastal Pacific
  • COASTAL PACIFIC Morning tea
  • One night's accommodation
  • Breakfast at your accommodation
  • Transfers between train, activities and accommodation
  • 2-hour tour of Kaikōura



All enquiries

0800 872 467

Overseas:  +64 4495 0775

Option 4 •  Mon-Fri •  08:30 - 17:30

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