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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by boat

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  • Explore the deep waters off Kaikoura by speedy catamaran with your guide
  • Sightings of native sperm whales in their natural environment
  • Live commentary sheds light on the whales’ habits and life-cycle
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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by boat
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Overview
Located on the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Kaikoura is famous for the spectacular array of marine wildlife living off its shores—but to see the best of it, you have to take to the waves. On this tour, cruise into Kaikoura’s deep waters by speedy catamaran with running commentary throughout from your guide, and spot dolphins, seals, and sperm whales in their natural habitat.
What to Expect

Our office is located a scenic 5-minute walk from the Kaikōura town centre, once you are at The Whaleway Station you will check for your whale watching tour, you will then take part in a safety briefing before taking a short ride on our coach to the marina where your sea crew will be waiting for you. Once everyone is seated and the all clear is given you will begin your journey out to see what marine life you can in the 2.5 hours spent on the water.

Kaikōura is the whale watching capital of New Zealand, every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikōura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's. Kaikōura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand.

Our on-board plasma screens display a virtual animated whale watching tour while the tour is actually taking place! You will experience your own tour through the eye of the albatross in real-time. As your vessel approaches the Kaikōura Canyon the ocean will be 'removed' to show the sheer scale of the abyss that plunges kilometres beneath you.

Once your tour returns back to our marina our coach will be there to take you back to our office where situated right on the seafront, Whale Watch Kaikoura’s - Flukes Café is (Kaikōura's best kept secret), offering a relaxed atmosphere with one of the best views in town. Flukes breakfast and brunch menu is on offer all day. Enjoy a cup of freshly-made coffee and sample the homemade cakes and savoury items along with daily blackboard specials to choose from.

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Reviewed 2 days ago
Pricy for what you got

Spent a long time having a safety review prior to trip, then had it repeated on the boat A bum on seat organisation, with limited space to move around once a whale was sighted. Could go upstairs when a whale was sighted by members of...More

Thank cazzkeeler
Reviewed 3 days ago
A bums on seat experience

They seemed to care more about getting people on the boat, than the amount of space on the outside of the boat. There wasn't really enough space on the outside of the boat to move around. When a whale was spotted, there a bit more...More

Thank Liam K
Reviewed 1 week ago
Super-Professional "Mind Blowing" without adrenaline

From the minute you arrived to check in until they dropped you back at the centre, professionalism was the name of the game. They are totally customer focused continuously informing you regarding the status of trip. When we had arrived they had already cancelled a...More

Thank Mercurial63
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Safety conscious, friendly and informative

Our boat went out 30 mins later than scheduled because they were spending a good deal of time assessing the weather and trying to decide if it was safe to take a boat out. I'm very glad we were able to go ahead - but...More

Thank Helvin3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Weltec group

Had a really awesome experience was very interesting never knew anything about the types of species that come in and out of the kaikoura canyon each year we all thoroughly enjoyed it ka pai Whale watch Kaikoura and your staff were excellent

Thank Noki P
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Teresa S
5 June 2018|
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Response from rubarb91 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely take warm and wind proof clothing, as it can get very windy, especially if you are outside taking photos.
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Margaret A
6 May 2018|
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Response from Julian H | Reviewed this property |
From what I could gather the whales are there all year - I did notice the company offer an 80% refund if you don’t see whales so I assume they are confident each time they run the trip! Enjoy.
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