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Whale Watch Kaikoura

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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 by water on 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.

 

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

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

Adult $150.00
Child $60.00

Restrictions

  • Minimum age 3 years old.

Child Friendly

  • This experience welcomes families with children.

Notes

  • 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 December 10 to December 16

Change Dates

All prices for this activity are shown in NZD ($)

7:15 a.m.
Mon 10 Dec
Tue 11 Dec
Wed 12 Dec
Thu 13 Dec
Fri 14 Dec
Sat 15 Dec
Sun 16 Dec

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$150.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$150.00
  • Child$60.00

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

4.8

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Gillian from New Zealand wrote on 19 July 2018

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Whales and dolphins extravaganza

My Japanese student and her friend had 2.5 hours of fun watching 5 whales and numerous dolphins in perfect conditions. Whale watch have an excellent set up with great boats and comfortable buses to transport visitors from the check in point to South bay. My one gripe is that school kids if over 15 are charged adult price.This would stop the average Kiwi family taking the trip. Had school kids over 15 been $60 I would have given it 5 stars. All they need is ID with a photo and age at check in for this.

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Addy Tan from Singapore wrote on 27 November 2016

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No whales and they refunded

I took the 7.45am whale watch on 6/11/16 and didn't manage to see any whales. Only saw a few dusky dolphins and an albatross. The commentary onboard the vessel was excellent and whalewatch had tried their best to seek out e whales. Guess the whales went on a vacation that day. I received an 80% refund back from whalewatch in e end.

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Annabelle from New Zealand wrote on 29 September 2016

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Just love the whale

Unforgettable experience! The staff are so well trained and professional, lots of information from the cruise, although the weather was not great but they were lucky enough to to see two different whales! Will recommend to friends and family

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Sharron from New Zealand wrote on 06 September 2016

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WOW - Whale Watching

We had a superb experience on the 15th Aug. The sea was very smooth and the sunshine on full beam. Everything was looking beautiful. The whole operation was smoothly and professionally run and we had the extreme pleasure of ! 5 ! Whale Experiences and then 2 dolphin pod sightings. It was very exciting! We raced from sighting to sighting - the crew were pretty excited too! All in all a fantastic experience as part of our 30th anniversary Tour. Thank you.

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Dirk Berckmans from Belgium wrote on 27 November 2018

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Rough sea, so had to abandon the search

Despite of the non-success of our trip, the staff remained very helpful, understanding and providing correct and adequate information, so great service The refund is still in progress as we booked via an agent (bookme), but I guess that won't be a problem

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