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Whale Watch Kaikoura

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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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6767
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Absolutely cracking trip this morning. Couldn't have been better. Whales, dolphins, albatrosses, penguin, seal, mollymawks, petrels made it but staff were a close second. Incredibly efficient operation enabling Max time with wildlife. Do it !

Thank bdjmcc
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Fantastic whale watching trip - from start to finish. The crew were all excellent, friendly fun and informative. The boat was very comfortable and fast. And there is plenty of space on deck for everyone to look over the rails when the time comes. We...More

Thank NicolaF743
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. How amazing that you got to encounter two species of whales on your tour - amazing! Respecting our precious marine life and their environment is always at the forefront of anything...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

If your interested in learning about the awesome life of Whales and there habitat then this experience is right up your street. From the get go the trip from the Centre via bus to powerful Vessels that motor you out to where the Sperm Whales...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Julian S
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us, we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your marine life encounters on our tour. Please note that we don't use sonar to locate whales We use a special device called...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip was forecast extremely rough. The team said the waves would be “huge” It was actually a small swell for about 15 minutes then quite calm. Shame as many visitors were barred from going out including some children. I don’t know how they got...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MartinHalliday
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time on the water with the world largest toothed predator. We will be sure to pass your feedback to our Managers. We...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our whale watching experience was great. The staff were professional and friendly. The boats were extremely comfortable. We saw a whale, numerous dolphins and an albatross! Would highly recommend!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank adamg509
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us - we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your up-close encounter with Kaikoura's unique marine life. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After an amazing drive to Kaikoura (many of the roads are still being rebuilt from the 2016 earthquakes), we were very excited to see whales with Whale Watch Kaikoura. Arriving in Mid November, we were told that the whales had not really moved into the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We hope you enjoy the rest of your travels around New Zealand and we look forward to seeing you back in Kaikoura soon to show you a whale.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

5 out of 5 Stars! Beautiful wildlife, friendly and knowledgeable staff, modern and clean facilities. Unlike other whale watching tours in kaikoura, if you don't get that beautiful experience seeing a whale - you get a 80% refund! This is a 100% must do in...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Pink-Wolf
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your multiple whale watching tours. It sounds like you really go t to see a variety of whale species! We would love to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was to be our third attempt at seeing whales, having visited over 3 years ago on our first visit to NZ, we were unlucky twice. Even though the boat went out and we saw dolphins, the crew were unlucky at finding any whales. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lou2you
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your experience with us. We are so sorry to hear that the whales weren't playing the game for you this time round! Thank you for understanding that these are wild mammals in their natural environment...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

one sperm whale (twice), albatross, a large school of dolphins and some NZ fur seals were the score for my trip - so I can hardly complain about the humpback hiding; so the chance of seeing something interesting seems high.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Mythaluk
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your whale watching experience with us. It sounds as though you were able to encounter a variety of marine life whilst travelling with us. We hope you enjoy the rest of your New Zealand adventure.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great expense with knowledgable staff running the guided trip. Very rough seas with lots of people suffering from sea sickness but everyone was warned of conditions and given useful tips prior to departure. Crew worked very hard to get a whale sighting and we had...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank E834PRthomasd
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Thank you for taking the time to review your whale watching experience with us. We hope you enjoy the rest of your New Zealand adventure.

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scipioa704
24 September 2018|
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Response from kiranmarvel | Reviewed this property |
It is difficult to say. We had been there in the afternoon and we were going around in boat for 2 hours and we couldn’t find any. When we were returning finally we could see one. But we could enjoy to see the dolphins... More
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JessL1824
21 February 2018|
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch | Property representative |
Sperm whales are semi-residential to our area so we are lucky enough to see them all year round. June is a time of which Humpback whales embark on their great annual migration so there is the added bonus of also potentially... More
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Bonnie L
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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