Come and say, "Kia Ora!" to Kaikōura

Join us on a glorious scenic journey to New Zealand’s seaside adventure capital!

Jump aboard the Kaikōura Express and we’ll take you on a scenic journey direct to the heart of Kaikōura with optional free connections to the Dolphin Encounter, Albatross Tours and Whale Watch.

Run away and play for a day (or two) in Kaikōura with complimentary Christchurch pick ups. Just 200 kilometres to the North, Kaikōura is a historic seaside settlement famous for wildlife, culture and great food!


Check out the native New Zealand fur seals, the rough rugged and wild coastline, a dolphin or whale watch tour, check out the spectacular Albatross or just cruise at your own pace.


Kaikōura is a region rich in Maoritanga (indigenous culture)

Join a walking tour and learn about the local flora and fauna or take a moment to explore the Kaikōura museum and soak up the local history.


The clue is in the name! Kai is the Maori word for food.

Koura is the name of the world famous New Zealand lobster (crayfish) - you can also sample delicious Cod, Kina, Paua or sit by the sea with the best fish ’n chips in Aotearoa!

kaikoura express coach

The Journey

Kaikōura Express offers point of interest facts en route, a photo stop with the seals (don't get too close), and spectacular coastal scenery. Our super relaxed, professional and friendly staff will make sure you have a great trip away!

We depart daily from both Christchurch & Kaikōura with options of one way, return special deals and package rates available.

Adult: Web Special!

$60 return (normally $75), $33 one way (normally $42)

Child (under 18 years): $50 return, $26 one way

Kaikoura Express – Whale Tour

Adult: $230

Child: $140

Kaikoura Express – Dolphin Tour

Adult: $185

Child: $135

Everyday November – April

Christchurch – Kaikoura: daily 8.30am
Kaikoura – Christchurch: daily 4.30pm

Complimentary Central City Pick-ups

Airport Pick-up

A pre-booked pick-up and drop-off at the Christchurch International Airport is available for $15 per person. The Commodore and Sudima Hotel pick-up and drop-off is $10 per person.

En-route Pick up

The Kaikoura Express also picks passengers up in Kaiapoi and Amberley

Kaikoura Departure Location

Kaikoura service departs from outside Kaikoura i-Site, Dolphin Encounter (96 Esplanade) and Whale Watch.

Book now! and come say,
“Kia Ora!” to Kaikōura Today!

Make a Booking

We offer complimentary Central City pick-ups, airport pick-up or an enroute pick-up. Our Kaikōura departure point is i-SITE Visitor Centre.

Selected Kaikōura accommodation pickup/drop off available.

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