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Whale Watch Kaikoura

An exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year!

Highlights

  • 95% whale viewing success rate with an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale
  • Discover Kaikoura on the water in our purpose built wildlife viewing catamaran.
  • Encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross
  • Crewed by a friendly team of Skippers and Guides very experienced in interacting with the local Sperm Whales

We venture offshore over a deep undersea canyon that attracts an extraordinary abundance of marine life, the most famous being the Sperm Whale.

You will be viewing from our purpose built whale watching catamarans equipped with noise minimising engines, large outside viewing decks, spacious air-conditioned interiors and comfortable seating for those colder days on the water.

Whale Watch® is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early!

Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. Depending on the season you may see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand!

Whale Watch vessels are crewed by a friendly team of Skippers and Guides very experienced in interacting with the local Sperm Whales. They have expert knowledge of Kaikoura's sea conditions and are fully trained in all aspects of safety.

Adult $150.00
Child $60.00

Duration

  • Allow approx. 3.5 hours for the whole experience.

Location

  • Whale Watch is located in the town of Kaikoura. Please check in at Whale Watch Office located on Whaleway Station Road.

Restrictions

  • Minimum age 3 years old.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • Duration: Time on the water is up to 2.5 hours however please allow up to 3.5 hours in total.

    Child price applies to ages 3 - 15 years.

    If your Whale Watch Kaikoura tour does not see a whale we will refund 80% of your fare.

    Whale Watch staff constantly monitor the weather and respond professionally to any changes. This may mean a tour is cancelled or safety restrictions placed on children or passengers with medical problems.

    Whale Watch operate tours every day (weather permitting) excluding Christmas Day.

    If you are susceptible to motion-sickness Whale Watch offer Aqua Straps for hire or purchase. Whale Watch also sells natural active motion-sickness tablets but we are not permitted to sell medicated options which can be purchased at the local pharmacy located in the town centre. All our Whale Watch tours are graded with a seasickness warning announced over our PA system prior to tour departure.

    Please note every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings will vary.

Available Bookings from November 26 to December 02

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

Thu 26 Nov
Fri 27 Nov
Sat 28 Nov
Sun 29 Nov
Mon 30 Nov
Tue 1 Dec
Wed 2 Dec

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$150.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme

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Cushla from New Zealand wrote on 23 August 2020

Best day ever

This tour seriously needs to be done by everyone in NZTA It was done in such a friendly professional manner from the time you enter the whale watch building to boarding the bus to the boat and back again. Very strong on safety which is a must considering how fast the boat goes. We had an awesome narrator who joked around but also answered any queries with enthusiasm. Captain and rest of the staff were also great with giving clear and concise instructions We saw a hector dolphin which is rare and dusky dolphins and two amazing sperm whales Well done Kaikoura whale watch

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Michael from New Zealand wrote on 16 July 2020

Amazing day out

Booked on the 10am tour and was a great experience, lucky enough to see three sperm whales and two humpbacks, for a considerable amount of time. The crew were great and kept everyone feeling informed and safe. Definitely recommend.

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Eleise Martin from Australia wrote on 19 September 2019

We had a whale of a time!

This experience was one of the best of my life!!! It blew our expectations for sure and the marine life really put on a show for us! Can’t believe we can say that we’ve smelt the breath of a humpback whale!!! How cool is that?! Would absolutely recommend! The staff on board were all amazing also and made the trip fun and even more exciting! Loved every minute!

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Natalia from New Zealand wrote on 28 September 2020

Bad experience

Unfortunately, we were not lucky. Waves were high, whales were hiding... I understand it’s difficult to predict, but I think this company could have prepared better. They could have traced the whales upfront. They could have explained that even strong pills against seasickness will not help after 2 hours in huge waves... I think at some point as good as everyone on our boat were seasick. The crew were searching for the whale. The whale just dived. And was expected back up in 45 minutes 🤣 So, some 40 minutes sailing in the waves at high speed, then some 50 minutes waiting, while the boat is being thrown from one wave to another, ( by that time many many passengers were sick), then a scream - yes! We see it! Short but bumpy ride (even bumpier than before, and don’t forget, everyone is already sick 🤢), and - yes!! The whale! The whole 2 minutes, and then it splashed with his tale and dived again. Return trip was a hell, I was half unconscious. Youngest daughter fell asleep in an unnatural position, I had no power to help her. The oldest daughter was terrified by all neighbors passing their bags with vomit to the Health and safety lady 🤢🤣 So. 2,5 hours of feeling very sick, for 2 minutes of whale watching. Not worse it. Refund of 60% is promised, we’ll see if we get it. I think they should do a better job at explaining the risks and cancelling the trip when it’s obviously doomed. And we are experienced tourists, been in many sea trips, also in NZ waters. This one was the worst.

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brettk from Canada wrote on 16 December 2018

Great experience

Easy opportunity to whale watch. Affordable, and 95% success rate, plus, they take you to see Dusky Dolphins and fur seals, of there is time. The sperm whale was great to see, got some great photos of the tail flip. Dolphins were fun to watch, they are so playful.

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