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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 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 October 23 to October 29

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Tue 29 Oct

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$150.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

1spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

4spaces 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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Danielle Simons from United Kingdom wrote on 22 August 2019

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Incredible!

I booked this experience for my 30th birthday and it did not disappoint! I had an absolute whale of a time. The staff were all really friendly and very knowledgeable about the animals and the surrounding areas. Couldn’t have asked for a better day!

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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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Eleise Martin from Australia wrote on 19 September 2019

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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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Tal Haim from Israel wrote on 30 August 2019

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WHALES WHALES WHALES

Our experience with Whale Watch Kaikoura was phenomenal! Aside from the indescribable experience of seeing sperm whales and other sea creatures up close and in their natural habitat, we also noted the knowledge of the staff, their excellent customer service, and their skill as educators. At no point were we left bored or unengaged, and we were encouraged to approach all staff with questions. We also admired the integrity of the company as a whole. Their message of respect for all marine life and the whole natural world was clear and ran throughout the tour. They also integrated Maori culture and language seamlessly into the experience, and left us feeling like we had learned a lot.

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Shin Yi from New Zealand wrote on 17 August 2019

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Fantastic Experience!!

It was a fantastic experience with this whale watching tour. The tour guide was great and funny. A must do in New Zealand Kaikoura!!

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