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Whale Watch

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Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6767
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Breathtaking

There is something about seeing these huge, graceful animals with your own eyes. We were lucky... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Shane_Adcock
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Hanmer Springs, New Zealand
Excellent trip

Excellent experience with whale Watch in Kaikoura, friendly crew with excellent condition vessel... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ruofan X
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"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.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“sperm whales” (421 reviews)
“sea sickness” (195 reviews)
“whale tail” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6767

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is something about seeing these huge, graceful animals with your own eyes. We were lucky enough to see 3 whales along with a number of dolphins. Whale watch is exceptionally well-run and the guides are informative but also know when to be silent to...More

Thank Shane_Adcock
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Shane We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your time getting up close and personal with these magnificent mammals. They truly are special creatures, and we love giving our passengers the opportunity to witness their beauty. Thank you for choosing to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent experience with whale Watch in Kaikoura, friendly crew with excellent condition vessel, excellent commentary of whaling history of Kaikoura and sea life / wildlife animals in Kaikoura. The vessel is comfortable enough, with 60 seats. 4 seats each side similar to aircraft, however they...More

Thank Ruofan X
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora Ruofan Thank you for taking the time to write this review, it is much appreciated. We hope you enjoyed your whale watch trip, and thank you for passing on the handy information regarding sea sickness tablets! We do have tablets at our offices...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very impressed with the facilities, thorough safety briefing, informative and friendly staff and spacious boat. We had a perfectly clear day, lovely snowcapped mountain views, 2 sperm whale sightings and a relaxed meander being surrounded by a playful group of playful dusky dolphins. Such a...More

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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kia Ora Manda First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to visit Kaikoura on your latest New Zealand adventure - we know it's tricky getting here with the current roading situation. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your...More

Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We were lucky enough to have this trip as our first experience of New Zealand - although the weather wasn't brilliant (it was end of October) we were lucky enough to see a beautiful sperm whale and dusky dolphins. We were only saw one whale,...More

1  Thank RemovingMercy
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 17 August 2017

Kia Ora Thank you so much for taking the time to visit us and also to write this review. We're so sorry to hear about your friends seasickness! Unfortunately we can get a bit of swell out there however we do have sea sickness tablets...More

Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

It was a fantastic trip with every member of staff polite, personable and excited about our adventure. We only saw one whale but it didn't matter. We saw a huge pod of dolphins and the commentary on the boat was informative and entertaining. She did...More

Thank Bulrac
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2017

Kia Ora Thank you so much for reviewing your tour with us and making the effort to travel the long way to get to visit Kaikoura. We're glad to hear that you had a great time out on the water with our Sea Crew! Dolphins...More

Reviewed 28 July 2017

We went out at around lunchtime, had a fabulous welcome from the crew who all made us feel welcome and shared their knowledge and experience. A short bus journey, followed by a short boat trip out to the whales feeding area, directly above the deep...More

Thank Mike S
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Kia Ora Mike Thank you for your kind words, we'll be sure to pass your praise on to our Sea Crew! The Sperm Whales tend to move in closer to shore to feed in winter, always making for a quick trip. We hope that you...More

Reviewed 20 July 2017

They say that on average you'll see 1 to 2 Sperm whales (Sperm whales being the local inhabitants and preferred viewing). Whale 7 whales later we were all beaming. The staff were so knowledgeable and helpful and the chat between locations was great. We also...More

Thank Doug2371
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Kia Ora Doug Thank you for such a lovely review and recommending whale watching with us! we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us. How amazing that you got to see seven whales and such a large pod of Dusky Dolphins! Every...More

Reviewed 11 July 2017

This trip was the highlight of my long trip to NZ. Everything is well organised and their business had been disrupted by the recent earthquake so please make a trip there and support the businesses. There is a safety briefing before you head to the...More

Thank applegate69
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Kia Ora Thank you so much fro such an amazing review, how cool that we were the highlight of your trip to our beautiful country New Zealand! Sounds like you had an amazing marine life encounters on our tour, we hope to see you back...More

Reviewed 5 July 2017

AWESOME....says it all, we went on the whale watch on our NZ trip in March 2017, so glad this was on our list of things to do, it is well run with friendly informative staff and the whales and dolphins made my partners day/holiday. loved...More

Thank 723kenneth
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Thank you for your lovely review of our business and recommending our tour. Encountering whales in their natural habitat is truly an amazing experience and one that should definitely be on everyone's to do list!

Reviewed 4 July 2017

At the time of writing, it’s almost essential to book your tour with Whale Watch in advance and to keep your itinerary flexible! The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake rendered the town’s harbour unusable and while it’s being rebuilt, Whale Watch is operating just one boat four...More

Thank PatrickDrysdale
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 19 July 2017

Kia Ora Patrick Thank you so much for you detailed review of our business and highlighting our 80% refund policy. We have a 95% success rate on our tours for sighting a whale, which is so high due to the fact that Sperm Whales are...More

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Andie A
14 March 2017|
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch | Property representative |
Hello - thank you for your question in regards to visiting with in December. As has been pointed out already we are closed on Christmas Day however we are open on Christmas Eve and on Boxing Day. Please take time to book in... More
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TexasPenny99
16 February 2017|
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Response from Vraj G | Reviewed this property |
The best time is October to see the whales actually.
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kiranpkolli
21 November 2016|
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Response from william g | Reviewed this property |
no whale watching due to the effects of the earth quake
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