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Whale Watch

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Address: Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6767
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's...

"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine based Whale watching company offering exciting up-close encounter with the world's largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year, our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.

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We had a great trip, saw 4 whales and loads of dolphins. Crew were knowledgeable and lovely. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a great trip, saw 4 whales and loads of dolphins. Crew were knowledgeable and lovely. Highly recommended.

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Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very well organised whale watching cruise. The visitor centre, information and videos on board were first class. We got two great views of Sperm Whales and saw many other sea-birds and seals. I highly recommend this trip as the area is beautiful and needs to be supported by tourism following their devastating earthquake late in 2016.

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tel aviv
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice staff, well organized and very good service. These guys promise and deliver. Had a great time and recommend to all animal lovers. Don't miss this unique experience. You get to see dolphins, too

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Whale Watch Kaikoura was definitely one of those bucket list experiences!! Be forewarned. The road to Kaikoura is still under maintenance post November 2016 earthquake and the schedules are sporadic for the whale watching. If you can overcome all of that. It's truly one of the most magical experiences I've ever done. The crew was outstanding! We were able to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We had a comfortable ride out to find two sperm whales. The crew was fabulous, educating us about these magnificent creatures and keeping us all safe. Not as exciting as humpback whale watching but I really appreciate the experience.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went out on the early morning tour. Was a little rough on the way out but the boat was excellent and still very comfortable. The crew were excellent and looked after anyone who needed help. Alan did a great job of sharing lots of great whale facts. Very worthwhile and exciting tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We revised our travel plans to include a whale watch experience here on some friends' recommendations and we were not disappointed at all! We were blessed with a beautiful day and calm seas - saw three sperm whales, and on our way back to shore we came across a humpback whale surrounded by a large pod of dolphin! It was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While planning for our trip last year, we didn't think we would make it to Kaikoura because of the earthquake and at that point whale watch was cancelled but with some luck we managed to make a trip to Kaikoura after learning the highways were re-opened. We managed to book the last two seats on the 645am trip online. On... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was an excellent once in a lifetime opportunity to see whales. Bonus seeing hundreds of dolphins too. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Would recommend to any tourist.

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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for joining with us Melissa it is great to hear that you had such a wonderful time with us. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

U can see the slips in kaikoura so that's good and 3 hour rides bit rough really fun love spotting the whales and dolphins 100%

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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Kia Ora Luana, thanks for taking the time to join with us. More 

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