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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.

 

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 August 11 to August 17

Change Dates

All prices are shown in NZD ($)

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Sun 16 Aug
Mon 17 Aug

2spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

4spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

6spaces priced from:

  • Adult$150.00
  • Child$60.00

8spaces priced from:

  • Adult$135.00
  • Child$60.00

8spaces 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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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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Clairounette from New Zealand wrote on 11 August 2020

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Amazing

Was so so good we had a very good time and the staff was so friendly ( specially the guide ) Memorable experience thank you very much

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Liz Brown from New Zealand wrote on 04 August 2020

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Great thanks

Wonderful guides and informative commentary

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Tracey from New Zealand wrote on 03 August 2020

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Whale watching

It was a great experience but with the weather on the day was not sure it was totally safe to go out. We had a lot of sick people some not even able to go out on deck and see , whales, dolphins and seals and birds which I thought was disappointing. We paid good money

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Laura Van De Walle from New Zealand wrote on 19 July 2020

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Whale Watching July 2020

My partner and I had a great experience whale watching in July 2020! We saw four different sperm whales and learned a lot of interesting information from the tour guides along the way. Everyone was super friendly! Don't hesitate to take seasickness medication though, it gets rough out there.

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