Whale Watching

Kaikoura Whale Watching ($170pp), private transfer to Kaikoura $300 per way approx. 2 hrs drive each way – option to transfer via Helicopter or fixed wing aircraft (POA)

Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show along the Kaikoura coast and are year-round residents. On a typical Whale Watch tour, you may also encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross.

 

Marlborough Whale Watching – (Seasonal) $160pp

May – August is the time of year to go looking for whales in the Cook Strait as it is the annual migration of the Baleen Species of Whales. Departing from Picton your tour will take you through the majestic Queen Charlotte Sound to Tory Channel, where you will see a variety of marine wildlife on the way. The fully covered and stable vessel and your own set of binoculars provides the perfect combination for your whale watch experience. Staying within 2klm of the coastline the tour will take you along the path of the migrating whales as they travel on the surface in what is becoming known as a whale hotspot.

This tour will also take in the Perano Whaling station which is the only restored station in New Zealand. Here you will learn about the history of whaling and how the families lived and work and how they changed from hunters to conservationists.

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What our customers say

Our entire stay was absolutely amazing. Our room was spacious and very comfortable with beautiful views of the vineyards. This property is exceptional in every way, the gardens breathtakingly beautiful. Breakfast and dinner were included as were drinks and canapés before dinner outside . Karen and staff were exceptional, nothing was too much trouble. The Lodge has bikes and we went for a pleasurable ride through the vineyards . A truly fabulous and memorable stay.

255103linda

Tastefuly furnished with a Nespresso machine, pods, and gorgeous fresh creamery milk. Great shower with lovely toiletries provided...and great 4G WiFi. Don't stay here if you want Cook...but why would you when you've got some of the best chefs and wine the area has at Hans Herzog Bistro, Restaurant and vineyard across the road.

gay sweeney

My dad and I stayed here for 4 nights, actually it was so good, we extended! From the rooms, to breakfast and dinner, to the grounds and staff, the lodge exceeds even the most distinguished expectations! I have stayed in the best hotels around the world, but The Marlborough Lodge is without hesitation one of those places where you will always remember every detail because they exceeded in every category! Can't wait to return!

ThomasNY

Marlborough Lodge was the last luxury lodge we stayed in after 3 weeks (9 lodges) in the South Island. All experiences have been lovely but this place is just gorgeous. The staff were all so delightful, the food great and the building and grounds just stunning.

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