3 Day Kaikoura Whale Watch & Eco Tour
3 Day Kaikoura Whale Watch & Eco Tour
Kaikoura is a magical place and is a haven for nature, wildlife as well as cultural activities, making it one of New Zealand’s favourite holiday destinations. Enjoy the delights of Kaikoura taking in a whale watch excursion and a dolphin viewing cruise.
|Tour Name:||3 Day Kaikoura Whale Watch & Eco Tour|
|From:||Christchurch to Christchurch|
|Valid:||Jan 2019 - March 2020|
|Price:||From (NZD) $787 per person||Duration:||3 Days|
|2 nights self contained, apartment style accommodation at the Waves on Esplanade (optional Continental Breakfasts on request)|
|3 days rental of 1.8L Toyota Corolla or similar (other car categories available on request)|
|GPS Navigation unit|
|Unlimited kms and vehicle insurance (excess applies)|
|Whale watch cruise & tour|
|Dolphin Encounter spectator tour|
Prices are per person based on twin-share, and are subject to availability. Prices are correct at the time of submission but are subject to change without notice. Valid for travel January 2018 – March 2020. Blackout periods may apply. A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person is required at time of booking.
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Day by Day Tour Itinerary
“Haere Mai” Welcome to Christchurch – the Garden City! Disembark, pass through customs and collect your luggage – it’s time to start your holiday. Collect your rental car and make your way to Kaikoura. A beautiful coastal town located on a thin strip of land nestled between the Kaikoura Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The rest of today is at leisure to enjoy the local sights.
There are numerous fun activities to suit all the family including horse and Llama treks, kayaking, quad-biking, bush walks, farm visits and swimming with dolphins and seals.
The day begins with a morning Dolphin Encounter tour. A blend of ocean currents creates a habitat that supports an abundance of ocean species, from fish and birds to marine life including dusky dolphins, found in pods of up to several hundred.
View dolphins up close in their natural environment with a Dolphin Encounter Watch tour. Upgrade your itinerary to include a option to swim with the dolphins as well.
Later today, enjoy a Whale watch cruise. Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and sightings may vary from day to day. Giant sperm whales are the star of the show and are year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter fur seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross.
Depending on the season, you may also see migrating Hump Back whales, Pilot whales, Blue whales and Southern Right whales. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrel as well as 7 types of Shearwater.
Free time for some last minute activities before returning your car to Christchurch and departing for your next destination.
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Your dedicated tour consultant will email you through a quote. If it looks good, then full payment is required to confirm the booking (within 45 days) or a deposit of $100 per person is required outside this period. This must be paid by credit card (Visa or Mastercard only). We do not charge credit card fees on our short break packages. If the properties listed in the holiday package are unavailable at this time, we will provide you with alternatives until you are happy.
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Some short break packages do not include (or may not require) a hire car, or internal flights. Relaxing Journeys can organise these extras for you and include them in your quote if you wish – or you can just book the short break ‘as is’, and organise everything else yourself. These extras can be requested after choosing your date and clicking ‘Confirm Availability’ on the right of this page.
The cost of getting to & from the airport to your accommodation is generally not included, although on some occasions it is, in which case we have specifcally mentioned it in the itinerary. There are always plenty of taxis or shuttles waiting at the airport. You also have the option in most cases to catch a bus into the city centres.
Once your deposit has been paid and you have received your deposit confirmation, we will organise your short break and when completed (normally within 48 hours) we will email you confirmation. When you pay your balance (45 days before the start date) we will email you a ‘Short Break Voucher’ shortly after along with your arrival information and everything else you need. Print this off and take it with you to NZ.
Your deposit is non-refundable. Relaxing Journeys would have already booked and confirmed all the components of your holiday and we will have to cancel everything and adhere to each suppliers cancellation policy. Should it become necessary for you to cancel your reservation 45 days or more prior to departure date, your deposit only shall be forfeited. Cancellations made within 45 days of departure date will incur the following charges: (Expressed as a percentage of the confirmed tour & holiday price plus your deposit).
44-22 days prior to departure – 25%
21-10 days prior to departure – 35%
9 days or less prior to departure – 50%
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