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Whale Watch Kaikoura

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“sea sickness”(222 reviews)
"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
Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6767
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Reviewed yesterday

Given that most of the other reviews are positive, I can only assume that we just got unlucky with a particularly awful day. But this trip was disgusting, and honestly just very poorly managed by the crew. There was basically no warning about how bad...More

Thank NBee
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Seriously a must do! This was my favourite trip so far I've done in New Zealand. Seeing Sperm Whales, dusky dolphins and loads of sea birds and marine life. It's absolutely incredible to see the whales and get close to them in their natural habitat....More

Thank Brizzexplorer
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made this all day August 16, 2018 my wife, my daughter and I at 10. We were lucky to see whales, dolphins and seals. It is an essential excursion in Kaikoura. The assembly is perfect: they have a good parking lot, they take you...More

Thank Francisco R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Whale watch Kaikoura was an incredible & unforgettable experience. The staff were extremely knowledgeable and attentive. They took the safety seriously but made sure it wasn’t a bore & the whole trip was truly fantastic. We saw a sperm whale & also orcas which was...More

1  Thank Anna M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After arriving in Kaikoura we were in formed that due to the weather we could not undertake the dolphin encounter trip that day, However our hotel receptionist made a number of calls and managed to get our trip to see the Whale rearranged for that...More

Thank Anthony H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing trip. We sailed out for 6 miles to see if we could track any whales. We were blown away to have seen a sperm whale an hour into our 3 hour trip. Breathtaking. Majestic and beautiful. The scenery is stunning and unspoilt....More

1  Thank Peter M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When you jump on the boat you know its always going to be 50 - 50 call on what you see if you see anything at all. The ride we went on was absolutely fantastic! Not only did we see a pod of about 200...More

Thank ants811
Reviewed 18 August 2018

Spent a long time having a safety review prior to trip, then had it repeated on the boat A bum on seat organisation, with limited space to move around once a whale was sighted. Could go upstairs when a whale was sighted by members of...More

1  Thank cazzkeeler
Reviewed 18 August 2018

They seemed to care more about getting people on the boat, than the amount of space on the outside of the boat. There wasn't really enough space on the outside of the boat to move around. When a whale was spotted, there a bit more...More

Thank Liam K
Reviewed 13 August 2018

From the minute you arrived to check in until they dropped you back at the centre, professionalism was the name of the game. They are totally customer focused continuously informing you regarding the status of trip. When we had arrived they had already cancelled a...More

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Scipio A
23 September 2018|
Response from vladok212 |
It’s hard to know. We have been out in the very early morning trip on the boat some 10 years ago, and done a plane flight mid morning about 2 months ago and seen whales on both occasions. The whale watch company is pretty... More
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
Bonnie L
27 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.