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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat provided by Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat

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Overview
Kaikoura is renowned for its amazing marine life, and you’ll discover why on this whale watching tour. From your catamaran boat you’ll get up close to whales, seals, and dolphins in the deep waters off shore, as well as albatross. Learn about the animals and their habitat from live commentary on board. You are almost guaranteed to spot a whale, as you’ll receive most of your ticket price back if you don’t.
Highlights
  • Return bus ride to the marina is included
  • Enjoy watching animations of the whales and sea from on-board screens
  • Nature lovers will especially love this tour
  • Enjoy one of New Zealand’s most unmissable wildlife experiences
Important Information
Departure Point
Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Duration
3h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Tours operates all year round
  • Modern fleet of purpose built catamarans
  • 95% success rate backed up by an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale
  • Experienced knowledgeable staff providing a running commentary throughout your tour
  • Award winning onboard animations
  • Bus ride to and from our marina
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Tours operate all year: 7.15am, 10.00am, 12.45pm & 3.30pm (Nov-Mar)—Please note that these are check-in times only - please do not come earlier than the times specified.
  • The minimum age limit for children traveling on a whale watch tour is 3yrs+, although Whale Watch Kaikōura maintains the right to raise the age limit depending on sea and weather conditions at the time of check-in.
  • All our tour are subject to favourable weather & sea conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Whale Watch staff constantly monitor the weather and respond professionally to any changes. This may mean a tour is cancelled or safety restrictions placed on children or passengers with medical problems. Passenger comfort and safety is always our priority. Passengers travelling to join us on the day of their tour are strongly advised to telephone the FREEPHONE number 0800 655 121 for a sea conditions update.
  • Dress warmly and wear flat shoes. If you wish to spend time on the outside decks of our vessels you may need light waterproof clothing depending on the sea conditions.
  • Don't let sea sickness ruin your whale watch tour experience. Purchase motion sickness pills to help prevent sea sickness, car sickness, or any type of travel sickness from our Retail Store before you travel.
  • The actual time on the water is up to 2.5 hours. Including check-in time, safety briefing and bus transfers you should allow 3.5 hours in total.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 48 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Amanda A wrote a review 13 Oct
30 contributions7 helpful votes
I have been waiting years to go whale watching so was very excited that we were finally making our way down South. The water was a bit rough and it took a long time to find a whale. Understandably this is to no fault of Whale Watch Kaikoura, however once we finally found a whale
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Jeremy E wrote a review 09 Oct
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Fabulous trip, despite rough water meaning we didn't get to see whales. The Hector dolphins and other wildlife on the shore cruise definitely made up for it! Highly recommended!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Janet F wrote a review 07 Oct
Kerikeri, New Zealand15 contributions4 helpful votes
Our whale watching experience on 25th September was unbelievably wonderful- great staff on the ground, incredible enthusiastic and professional staff on the boat and amazing whales and scenery!!. We saw orcas, sperm whales, dolphins and amazing birds all on a glorious day in the
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Date of experience: September 2020
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kwame m wrote a review 01 Oct
Manchester, United Kingdom56 contributions6 helpful votes
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I’ve been wanting to go whale watching for years! And this didn’t disappoint. The boat is comfortable, the crew were laid back and very knowledgeable, filled me in on lots of great information and of course we we luckily to see 2 sperm whales, lots of Albertos and a small pod of
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Natalia T wrote a review Sep 2020
Brussels, Belgium8 contributions10 helpful votes
We were unlucky with the waves and with the whales. Waves were huge. After 1 hour as good as everyone on board were seasick. Found 1 whale, saw it for less than 2 min... I understand that the company can’t be responsible for seasickness of the passengers, it’s sea, after all. We
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Date of experience: September 2020
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MVS47
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A Kaikoura must do
Very well organised tour. Ran smoothly and to time. We were briefed that it was going to be a little rough and offe
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GeordieBoy1959
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Breath-taking
Thrilling to see Sperm Whales so close to the coast. Very professional staff and pilot very knowledgeable about fau
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gayn0r16
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Well worth the money
We went out for a Whale watching trip with this company and were thoroughly impressed. The attention to detail was
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AdventuringHills
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Whale Watching Tour
My wife and I decided to try our luck with catching a glimpse of nature’s biggest mammal and it didn’t disappoint.
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Kiwi_bex12345
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Amazing
Was warned of sickness warning with rough seas that morning but was fine. Took a while to find a whale but luckily
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bmm28
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So much wildlife!
We may have been lucky but we had a fantastic experience with Whale Watch Kaikoura and saw 2 sperm whales, a pod of
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S-TeamForever
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Best crew we could ever wish for!!!
This really was an incredible adventure! We knew the sea would be rough (28th Dec 4pm sailing) so we had taken medi
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jackiekS2706SD
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Great once out on the water!
This is the 2nd time I’ve been lucky enough to go whale watching In Kaikoura and returned wanting my husband to hop
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jjc978
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Cancelled Trip & No Alternative Offered
Booked whale watch quite a way in advance. Unfortunately on the morning of our visit the weather meant it was cance
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Marcos César S
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Watch the Leviathan in a ver respecful way
Awesome spot in this Planet to meet sperm whales in a very respecful way. 4 boats operating, 3 at the same time, al
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359td
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Great tour for whale watching!
We booked this tour online a few months before our trip to New Zealand. There is a large parking area for our renta
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Niks40
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Brilliant trip
We popped in to the office early just to check if the trip would be running given the bad weather. Our trip was goi
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479ji
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Sperm whales, dolphins and a log whale!
The crew were brilliant at finding us the whales. I like that the commentary was kept to a minimum when the whales
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Sam_cat_danglish
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Magnificent
We were so privlidged to see 7 whales during our tour. The staff were very knowledgeable and were great at spottimg
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candpet
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OMG
They promised us whales.we saw two sperm whale,two hump back whales and a large pod of dusky dolphins which were ve
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  • Whale Watch Kaikoura
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Languages Offered: English
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