Wonderful Whale Watching

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Get up close and personal with whales and other marine life.

Please note: We are transitioning to a new Scenic Escape booking system. We apologise for any inconvenience and recommend you book hotels/activities independently.


Whale watching is a must-do Kiwi tourism experience. And the home of whale watching is the coastal village of Kaikoura; it's the ideal spot to experience this wild coast teeming with marine mammals and a stop on the Coastal Pacific train.

The Whale watch crew have daily trips in search of whales and other marine wildlife. Accommodation is at the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel – a small hotel where you will feel most welcome. Breakfast is included, as are return transfers between the hotel and the railway station.

Another option is a day trip from Christchurch to Kaikoura and back, with enough time for whale watching and a quick bite to eat.

Whale Watch Escapes are only available over the Coastal Pacific's extended summer season. 

Whale Watch day trip

$285 per person

Available 25 September 2015 - 1 May 2016

  • Travel between Christchurch and Kaikoura (return)
  • Whale Watch tour

Wellington/Christchurch Whale Watching

$503 per person (share twin)

Available 25 September 2015 - 1 May 2016

  • Travel between Wellington and Christchurch (one way)
    or Christchurch and Wellington (one way)
  • Accommodation including breakfast at the Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
  • Whale Watch tour
  • Transfers between the train station and hotel
  • Interislander ferry crossing

Note: in the event of whale watching being cancelled due to adverse sea conditions an alternative scenic flight will be offered. If this alternative is also weather affected then a refund of the Whale Watch portion of your tour will be made. Children under 3yrs are not permitted on the Whale Watch portion of this Escape.

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