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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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Lived up to expectations

With the prospect of an ex tropical cyclone bearing down on the area we were fortunate to change... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
PuhoiRiverLady
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Great day out

Good day out on a nice boat with good facilities. Saw lots of dolphins, seals and albatross. Also... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Barbara B
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Eastleigh, United Kingdom
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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%
Travellers talk about
“sea sickness” (208 reviews)
“sick bags” (16 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 days ago via mobile

With the prospect of an ex tropical cyclone bearing down on the area we were fortunate to change our tickets to a day earlier by way of a wait list. TIP: The earlier you book the higher priority you get on the wait list! We...More

Thank PuhoiRiverLady
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Good day out on a nice boat with good facilities. Saw lots of dolphins, seals and albatross. Also one sperm whale. The other whales were hiding that day!

Thank Barbara B
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Unfortunately we did not see any whales on our trip. However the weather was not great with a forecast for gale force winds later in the day so the crew could not go out as far as they would normally, and they got us back...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would really recommend this to anyone but it is pricey (that’s why it’s 4 stars not 5 stars) We were really lucky and got to see all different marine life including a humpback whale, sea lions and dolphins. The whole trip is about three...More

Thank Charlotte P
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Gotta agree with those who felt ripped off by this experience, not because we didn't see a whale or dolphins; we saw both. The problem is that whale watching is an over promoted activity and, in the end, quite boring (assuming you get over the...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

We were so excited when we first saw a sperm whale in the distance. When we were getting close to it, the sperm whale made a turn and it was very very close to us. As a result, I could hardly use my telephoto lens...More

Thank YeShanghai
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I did this whale watch when I came with my parents 11 years ago, and the second time going was still breathtaking. The day we were initially booked on, our trip was cancelled due to rough seas. However the staff at customer service were very...More

Thank ChFoss94
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great crew. They guarantee at least one whale; we saw two sperm whales. Some passengers had seasickness issues. Suggest Dramamine a bit in advance of the trip if you tend to get seasick. They provide a lot of educational information on the way out and...More

Thank Sean D
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really great experience. Kids aged 6 and 8 loved it too. Saw sperm whales and a fin whale and dolphins. Fantastic

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well organised, brilliant staff who were very knowledgeable and friendly. The tour took a little longer than normal as the whale they were tracking was a long way out but they were not going to give up. It paid off as we saw a magnificent...More

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Jess L
21 February 2018|
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Response from Dee D | Reviewed this property |
We went in December so not sure about June but supposedly all year round Its pot luck if you see them we were very lucky saw 3 lovely whales in Kaikoura.The team go out of their way to try to find them very impressed!! We... More
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Bonnie C
28 January 2018|
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Response from NYLONer | Reviewed this property |
Ask Kaikoura Whale Watchers- they are a very well organised company, with very friendly and professional staff. If travel and / or sea sickness are issues- be prepared. The wrist bands work well.
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Bonnie C
28 January 2018|
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Response from Steven B | Reviewed this property |
Any time is fine. And always good to have a option. Albatros is a very nice Backpacker accommodation.
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