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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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3rd time's a charm!

On our first Whale Watch trip we were given a severe sea sickness warning and it was a rough ride... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Triona M
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Rotorua
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Incredible experience

Fabulous trip helped by wonderful weather and great sailing conditions. Saw three types of birds... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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London, 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” (199 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 5 days ago via mobile

On our first Whale Watch trip we were given a severe sea sickness warning and it was a rough ride. Unfortunately after a choppy ride we did not see any whales - the search felt a bit ad hoc and we travelled very far out...More

Thank Triona M
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for travelling with us and taking the time to review your whale watching experience. We are so sorry to hear that your first two trips were unsuccessful, over the last few weeks we have found the whales to be diving up...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fabulous trip helped by wonderful weather and great sailing conditions. Saw three types of birds I’d never seen before while we were waiting for the whale to surface. It was a stunning experience to see this incredible beast surface, blow water then gently tip, tail...More

Thank Kumquat7Kumquat7
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for travelling with us and taking the time to review your whale watching experience. How cool that you got to see some new birds whilst on your tour with us! They truly are the giants of the ocean, they leave us...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were very lucky with the weather, the sea was in ideal conditions and the cost looked beautiful. Maybe half of the whale watchers felt sick, so keep this in mind! We got to see albatrosses and dusky dolphins which was amazing. What didn't make...More

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

Kia Ora Louise Thank you for travelling with Whale Watch Kaikoura and taking to the time to review your experience with us out on the water. We are so happy that you enjoyed sighting some Albatross and Dusky Dolphins, unfortunately the Sperm Whales have been...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we had to be a bit patient but it paid off! after going one morning without a sighting and a cancelled afternoon trip we tried again the next morning (thank you refund for a no whale showing ;) ) and it was awesome. at the...More

Thank Maggien00
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Maggie We are SO happy to hear that we were able to show you a whale! Sorry for the rocky start to your experience with us weather wise (we wish we had a bit of control over Mother Nature!), but nothing beats seeing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sighting a sperm whale on the surface and then diving, then coming up from 1000 m down ( having fed on fish and giant squid) for an hour (!) is an impressive sight. A very well organised, customer oriented company.

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

Very impressive, we are awe-struck every time we see these massive creatures. Thank you for taking the time to give us feedback, we love hearing what our passengers have to say and are always looking at how we can better cater to customers.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They should consider naming their company the whale watching factory. All they did was bring us straight to 1 sperm whale, and then it seemed like their job was done, and we could go back to shore. It felt like 'ok you payed your 150...More

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

Kia Ora Quentin Thank you for travelling with us and for taking the time to review your experience whale watching with us. We are so sorry to hear that you feel this way about our company and the way we operate. Here at Whale Watch...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An impressive set up to keep you moving through check in briefing and bussing to the boat. The boat is an excellent resource and crewed very ably it is fast and needs to be to get to where the whales are. The crew are very...More

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

Kia Ora Bob Thank you for travelling with us to see the whales! Even though there's the possibility o getting sea sick, we agree with you that boat is best! It's amazing being on the water with the largest toothed predators right across from you!...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good organised whale watching 80% refund if there are no whales. But luckie for us there were! Amazing to see a big animal like that. Note: don't forget to take your seasickness pills!!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Great advice! Nothing worse then sea sickness distracting you from these beautiful marine mammals. Thank you for choosing to travel with us and enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

For future reference- it may be a good idea to let people know there trip has been cancelled rather than wait for them to turn up. We travelled from Christchurch for a day trip just for whale watching which was a 6 hour round trip...More

Thank Co1307
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to write to us, we are so sorry to hear that your tour was cancelled! Because of the unpredictability of Mother Nature, our skipper makes a call 30 minutes prior to the tours check in time as...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t see any whales, which was fine, they are really nice and give you most of your money back. They can’t control the sea life. We did see some dolphins and some birds. The times we got off the boat were really nice and...More

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

Kia Ora Beckie Our apologies that you were unable to sight a whale on you tour with us, we wish we were able to predict exactly where they are however Mother Nature doesn't always make that possible. Definitely best to be safe then sorry! It...More

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Sukanya S
16 November 2017|
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch | Property representative |
Kia Ora Sukanya During May we tend to have quite good sightings of Sperm Whales, it is also the in-between season of us seeing Orca in Summer and Humpback Whales in Winter so the potential to see either of these species is... More
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southwood14
5 November 2017|
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Deepa N
30 October 2017|
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch | Property representative |
Kia Ora Deepa. How cool that you are planning to come our way in November! Sperm Whales are semi-residential to Kaikoura, which means that they are here all year round. We have a 95% success rate on all our tours, and if for... More
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