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Planning your next vacation and want to include a really memorable experience? If your passion is whale watching cruises, we have a number of options for you that are available in New Zealand.

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Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise
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Location: Auckland, New Zealand
Duration:
4 hours 30 minutes
Price:
Starting from $79.21 per person

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The ultimate Auckland cruise where you can experience scenic highlights of Auckland and it's surrounding islands plus it's marine mammals including dolphins and whales in the beautiful Hauraki Gulf.

Considered one of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine parks in the world, 22 species of marine mammal have been identified in the Hauraki Gulf, almost 1/3 of the entire world's population of species.

Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Cruise highlights:

  • Dolphins viewed on over 90% of trips, whales viewed on 75%
  • Cruise and commentary, culture and history of Auckland's Hauraki Gulf
  • Fully licensed bar and snacks available to be purchase on the cruise
You may be spellbound by the spectacle of a feeding frenzy involving sea birds, whales, and dolphins or see small pods of dolphins playing around the boat. Wherever the most exciting whale and dolphin activity is, we aim to find it for you. Plus show you some of the most significant cultural and historical parts of this amazing maritime park.

With six years of continued scientific programmes undertaken on board, the crew are probably New Zealand's most experienced and knowledgeable. On Auckland's Whale and Dolphin cruise you will experience the Gulf from the most comfortable and stable whale watching vessel in New Zealand. The luxury 20m high speed catamaran is designed specifically for the sea conditions of this unique area.

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Kaikoura Whale and Dolphin Overnight Tour from Christchurch
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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration:
2 days / 1 night
Price:
Starting from $441.46 per person

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Watch whales and swim with dolphins. This is a overnight delight for all those who wish to get close to nature. Journey from Christchurch to Kaikoura, where you will take a whale watch tour. Overnight in this tiny coastal town, before joining your Swim with Dolphins cruise. Dive into the oceans and swim next to these amazing mammals. A marine experience unmatched by any other.

Day 1: Christchurch - Kaikoura

Travel by coach through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea (a journey of approximately three 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.

On arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour by boat. This afternoon is free to explore Kaikoura.

Overnight Accommodation: 5-star accommodation The Anchor Inn (or similar). Kaikoura's newest motel on the waterfront, opened in November 1997, offers 15 architecturally designed motel units all fully self-contained. The motel is centrally located within the township on the waterfront and most rooms enjoy mountain or sea views.

Day 2: Kaikoura / Christchurch


This morning join the Swim with Dolphins Cruise with Dolphin Encounter. You will be fully equipped with wet suit, mask, snorkel and flippers in order to swim in the sea with the Dusky Dolphins. There will be the opportunity during the day to visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. Returning to Christchurch this afternoon (a journey of approximately three hours by coach), a stop will be made at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure.

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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch
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Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration:
11 hrs
Price:
Starting from $246.72 per person

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Spend the day getting close to nature on a whale-watching day trip to Kaikoura, renowned for its variety of marine mammals. You'll enjoy a scenic drive through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, go on a whale-watching boat tour from Kaikoura, visit a seal colony and complete the day with a wine tasting at a local vineyard.

On your whale-watching cruise from beautiful Kaikoura, where the mountains meet the sea, you might spot giant sperm whales, acrobatic dusky dolphins, seals and royal albatross.

After lunch at a local restaurant, you'll visit a seal colony to view fur seals at close quarters. On your return journey to Christchurch you'll stop at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure.

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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
Price:
Starting from $320.99 per person

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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.

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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