Find out about some of the operators our Travel Ambassdors met on the journey.

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Whale Watch Kaikoura

Lisa Bond


Sharing the experience of a special encounter with Kaikoura’s stunning dusky dolphins with all our visitors, is a precious which we truly relish and feel privileged to offer.  The inspiration that we see and feel from others enjoying the beauty of nature first hand, is pure magic.
Whale Watch Kaikoura is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering manuhiri (visitors) an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale all year round.

When time and opportunity permit we can also view dolphins, seals and a wide variety of marine birds that also call Kaikoura home as well as the many migratory visitors we have pass by our coastline throughout the year. 

I have worked at Whale Watch Kaikoura for the past 23 years, during this time I have performed a variety of different roles – starting as a guide out at sea hosting our manuhiri from far and wide and then having the privilege of being a captain – doing my best to show everyone a ‘whale of a time’.  

Over the last 11 years I have developed a passion for marketing and now represent Whale Watch Kaikoura both within NZ and overseas. No matter the role I have been in, my kaupapa (principle) hasn’t changed in that I love to extend manaakitanga (respect, generosity and care for others) in all I do.

It is very much a gift to be able to showcase the taonga (treasure) we have off our coastline recognising that we are visitors to the world of the whales and as a company respecting that gift at all times. 

Instagram: @whalewatchkaikoura

 
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Christchurch/Canterbury Operators

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Christchurch Punting

Jamie Storie, Operations Manager

Punting on the Avon is a relaxing and eco-friendly attraction, and it’s a great environment to work in. Introducing guests to the wonderous lifeblood of Christchurch which is the Otakaro/Avon river is a privilege that I hope will continue for years to come.

Instagram: @puntingontheavon
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Christchurch Tram

Mark Small, Operations Manager

Our Christchurch Tram drivers are often some of the first people our customers meet in Christchurch. We relish our roles as unofficial ambassadors of the city and enjoy sharing the story of the revitalised city centre with our customers.

Instagram: @christchurchtram
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Christchurch Gondola

Mark Forster, Operations Manager

We are privileged to work in a stunning location at the Christchurch Gondola: sharing the sumptuous views from atop an inactive volcano with guests from all over world is truly a pleasure.

Instagram: @christchurchgondola
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The Heritage Christchurch

Astrid Hay, T.H.E Resident Manager

Heritage Christchurch is known for its spacious luxurious suites and superb facilities; however, it is our people that set us apart from the rest.
We consider ourselves privileged guardians of one of Christchurch’s most beautiful properties and Manaakitanga is at the core of everything we do as a team, every day, through T.H.E Heritage Experience.

Instagram: @heritage_hotels
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Hapuku Lodge

Instagram: @hapukulodge
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Dolphin Encounter

Lynette Burman, Business Manager


Sharing the experience of a special encounter with Kaikoura’s stunning dusky dolphins with all our visitors, is a precious which we truly relish and feel privileged to offer.  The inspiration that we see and feel from others enjoying the beauty of nature first hand, is pure magic. 
 

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