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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch
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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

By Leisure Tours
About
The Hikurangi Trench, just offshore from the town of Kaikoura, draws sperm whales throughout the year and blue whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, right whales, orcas, and dolphins in season. Look for these majestic creatures from a boat with the help of specialist guides on this memorable day trip. Besides transfers, your tour includes a seal colony visit and a wine tasting (time permitting): Upgrade to add a restaurant lunch.
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$350.00
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Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 20 per group
Duration: 11h
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Look for sperm whales year-round and other whales in season from Kaikoura
  • Spot other marine life, such as albatrosses, with the help of dedicated guides
  • See New Zealand fur seals at a colony and taste wine at a local vineyard
  • Tour includes hotel transfers: Upgrade for a package with a restaurant lunch

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Live commentary on board
  • Whale watching tour by boat
  • Lunch (if option is selected)
  • Fur seal colony viewing
  • North Canterbury vineyard visit and wine tasting (time permitting)
What's not included
  • Gratuities


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Cathedral Square, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
    We will advise the pick up location if you are staying in an AirBnb or a private property.
Pickup details
  • We pickup from most Hotel's, Motels & Backpackers in Christchurch, If you are staying elsewhere we will suggest a suitable pickup location.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    Additional pickup options
    During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included pickup points.
    • Christchurch Central City, Christchurch, New Zealand
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Wheelchair accessible
      • Stroller accessible
      • Service animals allowed
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Infant seats available
      • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2950CLT08

      • 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
      • 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 our customers.
      • If whale watch is undertaken by light aircraft and no whales are seen, no refund applies.
      • A decision is made at 6:30am each day, based on local weather conditions, as to whether the tour will depart Christchurch or be canceled. If the tour is cancelled, clients are notified by 7:15am and no cancellation fees are 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, a cash refund of NZD 120.00 per adult is given. Refund is issued on the day of the tour by the tour operator in Christchurch.
      • As the wineries close at 5pm daily and on selected public holidays, a stop may not be possible. On these occasions no refund is applicable.
      • Currently, the tour cost has been discounted by $15.00 per a person. Due to road conditions following the Kaikoura earthquake in 2016 it may not be possible on all occasions to include a winery due to the wineries closing times.
      • Most travellers can participate
      • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
      • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

      • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
      • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
      • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.

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      Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch cancellation policy: If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee. Discover and book Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch on Tripadvisor
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      Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch is hosted by Leisure Tours. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Leisure Tours on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch on Tripadvisor

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 2950CLT08

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      • Leisure Tours
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        Christchurch, New Zealand
        Joined in July 2010
      • SGero67
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good tour for cruise ship visitors if your time is limited.🚢
        Picked up directly from where the cruise ship transfer point in Lyttelton. Good overview of Christchurch if your time is limited. The Antarctic Centre was the highlight thanks to our guide Karen with the bonus of seeing the new Husky Puppy, Thanks also to Andrew for making the tour very enjoyable and informative. 🙂
        Written 12 April 2024
      • U4770LIcharlesj
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great coverage of Christchurch
        Great tour. Guide Scotty gave lots of pertinent information about city and sites as well as information of quake, reconstruction, and red zone. Highly recommend.
        Written 12 April 2024
      • susangJ5984QS
        0 contributions
        1.0 of 5 bubbles
        bus breakdown and no communication
        Stay away from this vendor. It was the worst experience ever. We went out about 30 minutes and the bus broke down and all the anti-freeze poured out. The driver put water bottles in the bus and flagged down a bicyclist for a screw driver. He claimed it was fixed and we continued on. The first viewing stop, he added water into the empty water bottles into the bus. We continued on, instead of going back. We went into town for a lunch break, which was not long enough to eat. Then we finally got to the Antarctic Center. He was filling the bus up again with water. We expected another mode of transportation back, since we were there for over two hours. The bus started loosing water again as we headed back to the ship. He stopped again at a gas station and filled up the bus again. He communicated we would only make it back to the Princess shuttle busses. He did not refund us any money or apologize. We were lucky to get back to the Princess shuttles, otherwise we would have missed the ship. Never again. I sent a letter to the company and he sent back a very condescending email and never refused any of our money for this more than stressful excursion
        Written 11 April 2024
      • Gaza74
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lyttelton/Christchurch tour
        My Wife & I along with 2 of our good friends took this tour Monday 8th of April 2024, our tour guide was awesome, he was a very friendly, colorful character with a big bushy white beard, in bright Green Shoes & hat with red & Black Checkered pants, he explained liquefaction & why the earthquake was so devastating to the City of Christchurch, his knowledge of the city redesign/rebuild, buildings, earthquakes & geology was amazing, he explained the red zone and what that entailed, he gave us so many suggestions of where to eat lunch and what to look at. The only very minor negative was as we were from a cruise ship, docked in Lyttelton we needed more time to have lunch free explore the city centre of Christchurch & look at some of his suggestions.
        Written 9 April 2024
      • ShawnaH698
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Shore excursion - good way to see and learn about the area.
        We enjoyed this shore excursion and learned a lot about the area in the short time we had on shore. The city was severely damaged by an earthquake and aftershocks in 2011 and is still undergoing construction. Our guide was a local and shared a lot of good information about the area.
        Written 7 April 2024
      • X8072XYterryw
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great Guide, Great Company, Great City!
        Had the absolute best day with Di... She was a lifetime local and had so many great stories and was so engaging and personable. The morning tour of the city with just two other people was beautiful and Christchurch is at the top of our list to come back and discover... One day off the cruise ship wasn't enough! After the morning, we picked up more people and headed to the wine tastings. The small group we had from around the world became fast friends. We had such an amazing afternoon of wine tasting, beautiful views and friendly people. We didn't want it to end! Thanks for the great day!
        Written 4 April 2024
      • julz1122
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Very Knowledgeable
        Lyttleton and Christchurch Beautiful, had an amazing tour guide. Learned about the devastating earthquake of 2010, city is still rebuilding. Would like to have known more about the current things happening rather than just the old stuff.
        Written 31 March 2024
      • Resort483050
        0 contributions
        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Good, not great
        This was a nice excursion to see the sights and get some amazing views, but be forewarned it is a large bus and so it is a little like herding cattle to get everyone on and off and to be able to see the points of interest at each stop within the allotted time frame. Our guide was Scotty who was nice but clearly--and not without reason-- getting a little irritated at those stragglers. This probably should be a little longer to give more time at each stop.
        Written 31 March 2024
      • Jet352
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great day trip from Christchurch
        Very nice! Akoroa was such a cute village and the stops along the way were pleasant surprises! Tasted and bought some cheese and had contracted for the lunch which was DELICIOUS! I had the salmon and my husband had the fish and chips. The crew on the boat were equally as helpful and got into some fun conversations with Ben who helped spot those dolphins and a few penguins.
        Written 28 March 2024
      • Veeru B
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great trip and beautiful location
        Akaroa is a beautiful place visit, everything is so pretty there, the houses, land scapes, plants, trees, shops and cafes etc. we had a best salmon dish there as part of the tour in Bully Hayes restaurant, the coffee is nice in one of the cafe. Since we couldn’t go on boat trip due to the weather I got half money refund. On the way back we stopped at some scenic locations. It’s worth a trip, thank you
        Written 28 March 2024
      • Adam_Ridden
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        A worry free trip
        Had a fantastic time. The a driver went out of her way to give us a lift from where we were staying and the wineries and other tour member were great fun! We had a wonderful time!
        Written 24 March 2024
      • JonInIndy
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great way to see some main attractions
        Signed up for this excursion with Shore Trips and Tours. Leisure Tours is who actually took care of us. The excursion was titled Christchurch Sightseeing with Best Attractions (these were the Punting, Tram, and Gondola.) From the cruise ship, we took the free Lyttleton shuttle to where the tour buses were waiting. The first two hours, my wife and I were on the same bus as other tours - we wee together for the first 2 hours of the tour before going different ways. In those first 2 hours we drove by Rapaki and Governors Bays, took Dyers Pass into Christchurch, stopped at a reserve for photos, stopped at South Hagley Park (botanical garden) for ~30 minutes, and continued into town for a bus tour before being dropped off at a tram stop we would meet back at. Only 4 of us were on this specific tour. From here we had ~3 hours to do the hop on/hop off tram and our scheduled Punting which is near the tram route. The Punting on the Avon is popular and signs say you should book a day in advance. Glad it was included on our excursion. Before our scheduled ride, we had time to have lunch at the Boat Shed, which was pretty good. and you get narration from the guide. The boat ride goes through the Royal Botanical Garden as you get narration from your guide. It was an enjoyable, relaxing ride. We walked back toward our meeting tram stop spending g a little time at a few sights. We only hopped on the tram one other time. Walking is pretty easy in the area. After our time in town, we made our way back to the tram stop to meet our tour guide who then took us to the gondola ride. We had 1 hour to visit here. There are some nice views from the top. When we were picked back up, we headed back to Lyttleton and the free shuttle back to our ship. Everything was on schedule and the attractions were good. Would have liked a little more time in Christchurch to either hop on/hop off the tram or just walk around. Good tour overall.
        Written 21 March 2024
      • susanrK2832JI
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fantastic!
        Fantastic! We loved this tour!!! Kevin was very knowledgeable and a great tour guide. Willowbank Wildlife Reserve was definitely a highlight of our trip.
        Written 20 March 2024
      • Kaja H
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Well worth doing
        Thoroughly enjoyed this trip. Was very informative and interesting. As cruise tourists this was a trip well worth doing.
        Written 19 March 2024
      • 555kikic
        0 contributions
        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful scenery!! The dolphins, seals and birds fantastic!
        We loved each aspect of this tour. The drive had beautiful scenery. The boat trip was a highlight filled with more fantastic views and wildlife 😊. The lunch so pleasant and delicious!! Do not hesitate to book this tour!!
        Written 19 March 2024
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      Cindy T
      12 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2023
      This tour was a mixed bag. Yes we saw ONE whale and some dolphins, but I would describe it as an hour of whale watching crammed into a 10 hour day.

      This was our driver's (Tania) from Leisure Tours first time driving the van and it showed. She was unfamiliar with the vehicle, drove at an excessive speed for road conditions and talked incessantly about things no one had any interest in hearing. Ane then repeated herself several times.

      Once we finally boarded the boat, the captain, intent on getting us to the one whale before he submerged ran the boat at an unsafe speed for the ocean conditions. I estimate roughly 30% of the passengers were vomiting within the first 5 minutes at sea. The young children on board looked terrified as did their parents.

      Following the actual tour, we had lunch (planned) and then waited around another 2 hours until the dolphin tour people returned to dock. This got up back to our lodging in Christchurch 2+ hours late.
      Written 22 February 2023
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      Thank you for taking the time to post your review. Both our driver Tania and the ships Captain are both very experienced professional operators who have both been doing this job for many years. Tania has driven the tour vehicle you travelled in on numerous occasions and as a professional driver drives the tours at speeds suitable to the road conditions. On the day of travel all passengers were advised that there was a high likelihood of sea sickness and were given the option not to travel on the boat. You will see from other reviews on the same day from other experienced travelers that there are five star reviews for the same experience as yours.
      Written 28 February 2023
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      Kelly Short
      Anchorage, AK1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Nov 2023 • Solo
      It was a lovely drive up from Christchurch, unfortunately when we arrived the weather did not cooperate with us. Our guide was great, he kept us all updated and informed. Everyone in our group appreciated how he took such good care of his passengers. Guests were offered a flight seeing trip rather than the boat. We had a nice lunch in Kaikoura and time to walk around and enjoy a little of the beautiful town. We also stopped at a Vinyard on the way back for wine tasting. Even with the disappointment of a canceled boat ride, it was a lovely experience. I would definitely book with them again.
      Written 6 December 2023
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      Kiaora Kelly and thanks for leaving a review. I'm very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with Scotty
      Written 14 December 2023
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      Crawford
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant experience, we saw two whales from a safe distance, which was cool and witnessed a pod of dolphins, which was amazing. My sea mad 8 year old was ecstatic. The captain was kind. She let my daughter listen to the sounds of the whales, such a unique experience.

      I find it hard to hear the commentary and find them boring, but Mack did a great job. She was incredibly knowledgeable, naturally funny, and made the experience very enjoyable. This activity is a must do, and it's well worth the money.

      Written 13 January 2024
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      Kiaora and thanks for leaving a review. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed your tour with us!
      Written 18 January 2024
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      alistairb
      43 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I have rated this trip for the sheer professionalism and high integrity of this company. We were warned that the sea had a big swell and people could take a refund .most decided to go .There was big swell and this triggered one of the passengers to have what was probably a fit .The crew dealt with matter with calm professionalism. We returned to harbour to off load the passenger .who was fine along with a few others who had been seasick .We then headed out again .once in deep water the sea was fine the sun shining .But sadly only a distant whale sighting .I had enjoyed the trip anyway .But then there was an announcement of an 80% refund for the disruption we had had .Not many tour companies are that decent .so well done Whale Watch
      Written 23 March 2024
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      Kiaora Alistair and thanks for taking the time to leave a review. I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed your day with us!
      Written 24 March 2024
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      Rita B
      1 contribution
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Feb 2023
      My tour got cancelled due to bad weather. Despite the agency having no fault in regards to that, how things were handled was just wrong.
      We were informed that the boat was not going to leave 1h after the departure from Christchurch to Kaikoura. We should have turned immediately around, back to Christchurch, resume the trip, save a lot of money in gas, and spare peoples' time, considering we knew what I paid for was not going to happen.

      However, there were people on the bus who were going to do other activities! This was not just a whale watching tour. As a result, we were forced to continue in the bus all the way to Kaikoura, where we knew there was nothing to do. We lost the full day delivering other people to their tours.

      Finally, upon requesting a refund, less than half of it was reimbursed, under the pretext that we had to pay for the shuttle! When during 7h of it we knew we it was not happening. So I ended up paying for a trip to deliver people to their tours.
      Written 22 February 2023
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      This is a duplicate review! Rita Batalha travelled with us to Kaikoura on our Whale Watching Tour on Wednesday 22nd February. The tour departed Christchurch at 07.30 and during the course of the morning the the weather changed and the sailings from 10 am were cancelled. The cancellation came through at 09.40 when the group were virtually in Kaikoura. When the boats cancelled we offered everyone travelling an up upgrade to do the Whale Watching by light aircraft which many of the customers did. We also offered others the opportunity to travel again with us at no additional cost, again some on the tour took up this offer. The contents of this review is on the whole disingenuous. There were 15 people on the tour and only 1, Rita, expected us to turn around immediately and return to Christchurch. As per our terms and conditions which are clearly outlined at the time of booking the whale watch portion of the tour NZ$165.00 is refunded in full. Rita has been refunded this amount. Some consideration for the requirements of others would go a long way.
      Written 26 February 2023
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      Saranya A
      4 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2023 • Couples
      Honestly this tour was so overpriced and all we did was waiting around. If the boat tour was gonna be at 1245 checkin and 1315 depart time on the bus , we could have at least done the winery tour around the waipara region before going over instead having a close 2h lunch. Poor planning and disappointed cause we booked thinking the boat tour will be approx 1030-1045 and have time for the winery experience. The whale watching company also had a mix up and was seated in the heat for a good 15 mins. Thou not the tour operator’s fault, the additional waiting time just didn’t help the situation
      Written 16 March 2023
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      The contents of the review is disappointing especially when everyone else had a great day, the weather was nice and the whale sightings on the boat were great. See the other 5 star reviews for the same day and decide for yourself.
      Written 17 March 2023
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      Kirsty B
      2 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2024 • Solo
      I don’t know how this trip went as I wasn’t picked up for it.

      I wanted to go on the 2nd feb but company changed date to 1st feb (fine) and in a later message changed the pick-up time to slightly earlier (also fine). Both messages confirmed they would pick me up from hotel.

      5 minutes before pickup time I went to wait for them. I thought right outside hotel doors would be an obvious place. It was 7am so the street was virtually empty. They didn’t come at the given time. I continued to wait, messaged them via trip advisor many times and rang their office number. No one answered. I waited some more and then gave up after still not hearing back from company. Overall I waited right outside my hotel doors for around 50 minutes.

      I didn’t hear from them again. They didn’t even apologise. I requested a refund through trip advisor and received it.

      For sake of transparency, this is my second posting of my review as I felt I could have been clearer in my first one.
      Written 10 February 2024
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      Kirsty booked this tour via a third party online travel agent, Viator / Tripadvisor for travel on the 2nd February. At the time of booking the tour for the 2nd February had not achieved minimum numbers so some alternative dates were suggested to ascertain whether Kirsty was available, should minimum numbers not be achieved and the 1st February was selected as an alternative date. This was all done sometime prior to the travel date. Subsequently minimum numbers were achieved for the 2nd February and the booking defaulted to the original travel date. Kristy could have travelled on the 2nd, however, a refund request had been made and the cost of the tour was refunded. There appears to have been some genuine confusion and if this originated at our end by suggesting alternative dates we do apologise.
      Written 11 February 2024
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      Mari Cat
      6 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2023 • Couples
      Even though we were unable to go whale watching, because of bad weather our guide, Sally took very good care of us. Sally was genuine and shared interesting information. She is a good driver and made the trip enjoyable. We had coffee, shopped, ate lunch, went to a winery, and even stopped along the road to view a seal colony. Even though we couldn’t see the whales, it still was an interesting adventure. Sally made the trip worthwhile.
      Written 14 March 2023
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      Kiaora Mary and thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review it's much appreciated. I'm so glad you enjoyed your day with Sally
      Written 28 March 2023
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      Lesley
      Reigate, UK9 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very well looked after by our tour driver, Jude. She went out of her way to make the day even more special by stopping at a different seal spot! Just fabulous. Even met us after the whale watch trip armed with umbrellas as it had started to rain! The whale watch tour was magnificent and the crew were fun and informative - we were lucky enough to see 2 sperm whales!! A long but great day out!! Would definitely recommend. However, note to Trip Advisor to remove wording for possibility of wine tasting - there simply isn’t enough time and they know this.
      Written 30 November 2022
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      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review! Jude will be thrilled to hear you enjoyed the day. Wine tasting is a possibility if all passengers are whale watching. However if anyone has elected to do the dolphin swimming then we do not have time as this activity finishes later than whale watching.
      Written 5 December 2022
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      Chrissie737
      86 contributions
      2.0 of 5 bubbles
      We were told 1/2 hr before due to depart in catamaran that it had been cancelled. We were offered a flight to Wales instead. As it had been a 2 1/2 hour drive from Christchurch, and we asked if you got a clear view of the Wales which was sad as yes. We decided to go for the flight. Sadly it was a very underwhelming trip.
      Although sightings of a couple of sperm whales and a blue whale, we could not see that you really could only see the shape of the whales and we even missed a couple by the time the plane had circled around.
      Although it was a nice flight on a small aircraft, if you have done this before, there was really nothing special about it. I would go for a full refund which was offered, and go another day if you are able.
      On the positive side, our driver here was a wonderful Spanish lady called Carmen , was absolutely brilliant. Her knowledge was amazing, she was very personable and made every effort
      To make a trip as enjoyable as possible. There were four people that went on the flight and we were extremely disappointed.
      I appreciate that there is no guarantee of the Wales, however, flying in a small aircraft which obviously has limitations to help closely, I thought was a wasted trip

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      Written 7 March 2024
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      It is disappointing to learn that you were unsatisfied with your day, especially after you were upgraded to do the flight after the boats had cancelled due to weather, at no additional cost and got to see three whales, especially the rear Blue Whale which you would not have seen had you been on the boat. I appreciate that you were disappointed that the boats did not travel, however, by your own admission you had a great day so to provide us with a 2 star review is somewhat underwhelming.
      Written 7 March 2024
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