Subject: RE: New Zealand Whale Watching in Kaikoura
Hi Philip &Donna

I spent 2 weeks in New Zealand's South Island in October 2000. I did go to Kaikoura.

I went on a day bus trip out of Christchurch - everyone on the bus but me was going whale watching - I was going to swim with the dolphins :) (I've whale watched before in Queensladn and Victoria, B.C.).

The departure point for the whale watching was right at the train station so you *can* organise your own transport if you desire. They did see whales and had a lovely time. They were lucky as October is considered to be off-peak (it's also the end of the humpback viewing season in Hervey Bay in Queensland).

I can't remember the name of the company, but you may find this web site helpful

I think the outfit may have been Whale Watch Kaikoura

Hope this helps! Megan Brisbane, Queensland