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Whale Watch

#6 of 27 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6767
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We saw 3 kinds of whales!

Very professional organization. Know where to go to see the whales and in communication w... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Margy W
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Two whales spotted

The overall experience was very organized and fun. The boat was comfortable with big nice seats... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
SleepyMonkie
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
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Travellers talk about
“sperm whales” (416 reviews)
“sea sickness” (193 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 1 week ago via mobile

Very professional organization. Know where to go to see the whales and in communication w helicopters to also find them. Have a wonderful multimedia show on board the boat to educate passengers. Very informative. Lots of staff to help on boat and answer questions. Enough...More

Thank Margy W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The overall experience was very organized and fun. The boat was comfortable with big nice seats. Although we went out on a day with rough sea, it was still pretty good. We saw 2 whales and multiple albatrosses. The amazing shot was when the whale...More

Thank SleepyMonkie
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing about your time with us, it is so great to hear that you had such a wonderful time. We hope the rest of your travels are proving to be just as successful.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I drive the long way around NZ to go whale watching in Kaikoura. We were not disappointed. We saw a huge Sperm Whale on our trip out. Very happy indeed! The boat was new and very comfortable. If you suffer sea sickness...More

Thank MattyAspinall
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the long drive to come visit this beautiful town, we are so glad to hear that it was worth it. Great advice about taking medication just in case... We hope your travels are going well, isn't New Zealand beautiful?

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very cool thing to do and definitely one of our most memorable tours in NZ. We saw 4 whales (with the cool tale thing :p ). We got up pretty close, so great picture opportunities. But the best moment came when we were heading back;...More

1  Thank MathieuPriem
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

We agree the dolphins are pretty special as are the whales, in fact all the marine life we can see off the Kaikoura coast is amazing! Thanks for taking the time to visit with us it is really appreciated.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very well run company with knowledgeable hosts giving a great running commentary of events and what to expect. We sighted a Sperm whale breaching and resting on the surface, pods of dolphins various seabirds - Albatross, and Petrels etc up close. Please be aware...More

Thank Connexus2
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

So glad to hear that you had the opportunity to view such a wide variety of marine life while out on your tour, sounds like you had some great photos opportunities. Good advice in regards to seasickness too!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to see four sperm whales and with the help of the excellent staff got some fantastic photos. They also took us to see the dolphins and watching them leap in the air above such a turquoise sea was fantastic.

Thank theoldone
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

We do hope that the photos you managed to get remind you for many years to come of the special marine life you sighted while visiting our beautiful wee town. Thanks for joining with us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was one of the things I was most excited about before we went on our holiday and it didn't disappoint! We saw 3 sperm whales, which was incredible to see at such close range! The guides were friendly and knowledgeable - they provided us...More

Thank Visitor923
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

We are so glad that your time with us did not disappoint. We love it when our guests have such a fantastic time. We hope the rest of your travels were just as memorable.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was an amazing experience. All team members were very friendly and informative. Well worth the time.

Thank mrtuesday
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear that you had an excellent time out on the water. Thanks for joining with us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A couple of hours trip with a very high chance of whale/ dolphin encounter. Guaranteed money return if no animals seen during that trip. We saw one whale twice and saw lots of dolphins. Whales come up to the surface regularly and during these times...More

Thank Naila B
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Naila, we appreciate you taking the time to join with us. We are sorry to hear that you feel it was overrated, we think being able to see these beautiful creatures out in their natural environment is quite special. We...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Two Sperm whale encounters, dolphins, Albatross and then.....15 or so breaches from a humpback whale who then came right over to the boat. Fantastic :-)

Thank Pete H
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Wow 15 or so breaches from a humpback whale is amazing! We hope you got some fantastic photos...

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Andie A
I am planning a trip to Kaikoura in December 2017 to go whale watching. We are due to be there on 24th & 25th. Are trips closed over the Christmas period ?
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
Hi I am traveling with my family in early June. What are the chances of seeing a sperm whale during that season? What other mammals might we see during that time? Is there a particular time that is better to go that increase our chances of seeing a sperm whale? How should we dress?
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
Hi My family 2 adults and two children 14 & 8 are planning a whale watching trip in December. We are planning to drive from Christchurch on Dec 27th? Are the trips planned for that day? Heard about the earthquake last week, hope you all are doing ok and also wondering if the whale watching trips are back in schedule again. Also wondering if the roads are all cleared from Christchurch?
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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