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Whale Watch is located in the town of Kaikoura - a scenic two and a half-hour drive north from Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island. Kaikoura is a special place of lush pastures and towering, snow covered peaks that fall to the sea. This rare magic continues just offshore where a deep undersea canyon combines with unusual sea currents to attract an extraordinary abundance of marine life, the most famous being the Sperm Whale.

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early.

Whale Watch is committed to providing a quality whale watching experience while carefully managing the use of a rare natural resource. We are visitors to the world of the whales and respect it as such at all times. As a Maori-owned company, Whale Watch cherishes the twin values of hospitality to visitors and reverence for the natural world. It is a philosophy that embraces people, the land, the sea and all living things as one.

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Paikea & whale

Paikea & whale

Stunning tail shot

Stunning tail shot

Kaikoura Peninsula

Kaikoura Peninsula

Email: res@whalewatch.co.nz

Website: Whale Watch Kaikoura

Phone: +643 319 6767

Kaikoura Address:
P O Box 89, Kaikoura

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This review was selected by Lisa of Whale Watch Kaikoura on Mon 04 Apr, 2016.

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paulmiles

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Very professional setup, safety paramount. Short coach trip to south harbour then 2+ hours at sea. Very knowledgeable staff. We were probably very lucky in that we saw a whale almost straight away, followed by a pod of 200 or more dusky dolphins who performed fantastic acrobatics for at least 30 mins. Also saw petrels, albatross and a couple of sharks. Not a cheap trip but how often can you see whales? And the dolphns were magical.

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Ann Teeters

United States

Ranking: 10/10

We did this trip with Whale Watch Kaikoura in early March 2017. Of our 3 week trip to the South Island, this was probably our favorite day! We saw sperm whales and orcas, HUNDREDS of flipping dusty dolphins that were nothing short of magical! In addition, a couple of sharks and some albatross came by. The staff was very nice, informative, and friendly. We had a beautiful day and I definitely recommend this tour.

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Alan Brown

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Extremely professional, well run, friendly business. The commentary on the boat was informative and fun. The boat was great, getting you quickly to where the whales were sufacing. We saw 3 whales on the half-day trip. Booking in advance essential - there were people waiting for no-shows when we went. Do advise taking sea-sickness medication...

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Olivier Reculeau

France

Ranking: 8/10

Very good trip, the atmosphere was friendly and fun with the crew but boat driver drove too fast, the whale viewing was too short.

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Sarah Dial

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

We saw 2 sperm whales. albatross and a pod of 100+ dolphins jumping and somersaulting by the boat!! WiFi at the cafe. Take sea sickness medicate even if the forecast is for flat seas.

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Leonie Kaufmann

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Really nice tour, nice crew, saw 4 sperm whales and many dolphins.

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Benedikt Maus

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Trip got cancelled two times due to bad weather conditions. But then we saw 4 sperm whales, an albatross and lots of dolphins.

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Susanna Daaike

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome, whales, dolphins and much more!!

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Sophia and Karen

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Very nice but too expensive.

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Michael Miehling

Germany

Ranking: 6/10

Very expensive @$145NZD, the sea was very rough, many passengers sick.

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Alexes D

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Really nice experience and wonderful view over the whales and dolphins.

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Lisa Haedrich

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very nice tour, saw two whales and other marine life. Would prefer only focussing on whales, cause people often saw other marine animals (especially birds).

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Sarah Boettcher

Germany

Ranking: 2/10

Weather was okay, but the wind was very strong - crew was nice and trip was informative, too expensive, we just saw one albatross and no whales. People were vomiting, kind of a horrible trip and I did not get all of our money back. Tried the trip again two days later but the whales were too far away so lost 20% of our money.

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Livia and Dave

Switzerland

Ranking: 7/10

Saw three whales or more and we understand that we were lucky - too much money for what you see.