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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat provided by Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat

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Kaikoura is renowned for its amazing marine life, and you’ll discover why on this whale watching tour. From your catamaran boat you’ll get up close to whales, seals, and dolphins in the deep waters off shore, as well as albatross. Learn about the animals and their habitat from live commentary on board. You are almost guaranteed to spot a whale, as you’ll receive most of your ticket price back if you don’t.
  • Return bus ride to the marina is included
  • Enjoy watching animations of the whales and sea from on-board screens
  • Nature lovers will especially love this tour
  • Enjoy one of New Zealand’s most unmissable wildlife experiences
Important Information
Departure Point
Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Tours operates all year round
  • Modern fleet of purpose built catamarans
  • 95% success rate backed up by an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale
  • Experienced knowledgeable staff providing a running commentary throughout your tour
  • Award winning onboard animations
  • Bus ride to and from our marina
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tours operate all year: 7.15am, 10.00am, 12.45pm & 3.30pm (Nov-Mar)—Please note that these are check-in times only - please do not come earlier than the times specified.
  • The minimum age limit for children traveling on a whale watch tour is 3yrs+, although Whale Watch Kaikōura maintains the right to raise the age limit depending on sea and weather conditions at the time of check-in.
  • All our tour are subject to favourable weather & sea conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • 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. Passenger comfort and safety is always our priority. Passengers travelling to join us on the day of their tour are strongly advised to telephone the FREEPHONE number 0800 655 121 for a sea conditions update.
  • Dress warmly and wear flat shoes. If you wish to spend time on the outside decks of our vessels you may need light waterproof clothing depending on the sea conditions.
  • Don't let sea sickness ruin your whale watch tour experience. Purchase motion sickness pills to help prevent sea sickness, car sickness, or any type of travel sickness from our Retail Store before you travel.
  • The actual time on the water is up to 2.5 hours. Including check-in time, safety briefing and bus transfers you should allow 3.5 hours in total.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • If travelling in a wheelchair please contact us prior to arrival so we can provide additional details and advise how we can assist you
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Seaside48566011546 wrote a review 1 Mar
2 contributions
A great morning out off shore Kaikoura whale watching. Good value for money. Great if you see whales like we did.
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Date of experience: March 2021
_birgitdome wrote a review 1 Mar
New Plymouth, New Zealand25 contributions6 helpful votes
We went on the Whale Watching in Kaikoura by boat. It was for both of us a thing on our "list" to do and were looking forward to it for days. And we had the best experience ever! The crew was absolutely great and informative about everything that was there to know. We were so
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Date of experience: February 2021
mark c wrote a review Feb 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand13 contributions3 helpful votes
The sea conditions were not the greatest, however the team at whale watch had spent time traveling and assessing the sea before going ahead with the trip, they ensured everyone was prepared for a rougher trip than usual, however a few took the chance and paid the price whilst
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat
Responded 2 days ago
Thanks Mark we appreciate your kind words, our team work hard at delivering the best experience possible even on the days where nature has other ideas.
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AliNel01 wrote a review Feb 2021
Nelson, New Zealand74 contributions64 helpful votes
If we'd seen a whale I'd have given this company five stars - we didn't see a whale but it's a game of chance and we were given a substantial refund, but the sailing, information given, watching the hunting process was interesting all the same. We saw a pod of dolphins and spent
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for joining with us, it is great to hear that despite not being able to show you a whale that you still enjoyed your time with us. We hope you are able to join with us again one day soon.
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Emma P wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand27 contributions2 helpful votes
We experienced the Whale Watch Tour in the Ocean Cabin. Prior to confirming our booking we were given a warning that we could experience sea sickness due to the sea & weather conditions. We were given the option to not go ahead, however we chose to proceed. Luckily for us we
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Date of experience: January 2021
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By: Whale Watch Kaikoura
Canceled due to weather
Unfortunately our tour was canceled due to the weather. The staff were friendly and getting a full refund because
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A Kaikoura must do
Very well organised tour. Ran smoothly and to time. We were briefed that it was going to be a little rough and offe
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Thrilling to see Sperm Whales so close to the coast. Very professional staff and pilot very knowledgeable about fau
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Well worth the money
We went out for a Whale watching trip with this company and were thoroughly impressed. The attention to detail was
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Whale Watching Tour
My wife and I decided to try our luck with catching a glimpse of nature’s biggest mammal and it didn’t disappoint.
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Was warned of sickness warning with rough seas that morning but was fine. Took a while to find a whale but luckily
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So much wildlife!
We may have been lucky but we had a fantastic experience with Whale Watch Kaikoura and saw 2 sperm whales, a pod of
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Best crew we could ever wish for!!!
This really was an incredible adventure! We knew the sea would be rough (28th Dec 4pm sailing) so we had taken medi
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Great once out on the water!
This is the 2nd time I’ve been lucky enough to go whale watching In Kaikoura and returned wanting my husband to hop
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Cancelled Trip & No Alternative Offered
Booked whale watch quite a way in advance. Unfortunately on the morning of our visit the weather meant it was cance
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Marcos César S
Watch the Leviathan in a ver respecful way
Awesome spot in this Planet to meet sperm whales in a very respecful way. 4 boats operating, 3 at the same time, al
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Great tour for whale watching!
We booked this tour online a few months before our trip to New Zealand. There is a large parking area for our renta
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Brilliant trip
We popped in to the office early just to check if the trip would be running given the bad weather. Our trip was goi
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Sperm whales, dolphins and a log whale!
The crew were brilliant at finding us the whales. I like that the commentary was kept to a minimum when the whales
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We were so privlidged to see 7 whales during our tour. The staff were very knowledgeable and were great at spottimg
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  • Whale Watch Kaikoura
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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