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Whale Watch Kaikoura

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“whale watch”(211 reviews)
“sperm whales”(476 reviews)
“sea sickness”(227 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 today via mobile

Great school holiday deal with kids going free and wow it didn't disappoint. 4 giant sperm whales, hundreds of acrobatic dolphins, spectacular back drop, knowledgeable crew. Must do!!

Thank AnnaNZPorirua
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This trip was unforgettable. The staff were so friendly and accommodating, the crew were even better and so smiley- nice to see! We were so lucky to see four sightings of three different sperm whales, thousands of dusky dolphins and some albatrosses. We could not...More

Thank Amy-Coulter
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Got a good deal as kids went free during NZ school holidays. Had 2 h 20m on water. Saw 3 whales including 1 surface eating. Crew on boat and staff at base give impression of really enjoying their job. Helpful and friendly.

1  Thank Craig S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I was lucky enough to see: 4 humpbacks 4 sperm whales 2 dolphins, a few albatrosses I was on the 10am tour. There is a short briefing at the main "office" -- which has a cafe, and a lot of parking space in case you...More

1  Thank Rochelle F
Reviewed 1 week ago

The tour is very well organised. The start point - 'Whaleway Station' has a good cafe on site. Great fun, excitement and education all rolled in one. The crew on boat is fabulous, with their expertise in sighting the whales and generous tips for better...More

Thank jotinder s
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fantastic weather so we decided to go Whale watching.Awesome crew . we saw four sperm whales .Excellent customer service with both the crew and shop. Tickets can be bought online or in person . When we went there were only two sailings morning and early...More

Thank Julie K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very well organised. Comfortable boat. Very good explanations throughout by enthusiastic crew. We had about 4 sightings of sperm whales, some seals and a few interesting birds. You do need to realise that it may get a bit bumpy (a few people were seasick), and...More

Thank Colin M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What a great trip! The agency provides you with enough information (both on health side as on whale side) up front but also during the trip. You can tell that they have lots of experience with these animals. We saw 3 whales and a school...More

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

Kia Ora Thank you for your praise. So great to hear that you had a fantastic tour! We hope you enjoyed the rest of your NZ adventure.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very polished operation with purpose built vessels that made the journey so comfortable. We were lucky to see 3 different whales and all 3 showed their tails. Having toured the world Whale Watch Kaikoura ranks near the top of my list for experiences.

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

Kia Ora Fantastic to hear that you had a comfortable journey out to view the whales with us. We're happy that we were able to help make your visit to New Zealand that much more enjoyable.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were keen to repeat the experience we had 11 years ago with our young kids. Unfortunately weather cancelled our trip on the boat. As we had prebooked and paid before we left home, we were offered to pop over to the airport as the...More

1  Thank vladok212
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. Sorry about the weather, but stoked to hear you got to head out on the plane! Kaikoura from above s so beautiful. We hope you enjoyed your stay in...More

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Jess L
21 February 2018|
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch | Property representative |
Our rates are $150.00 NZD (adult) and $60.00 NZD (child). We have a 95% success rate, if your tour doesn't spot a whale then we will offer you and 80% refund. If your tour is cancelled due to you changing your travel plans... 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.
Bonnie L
27 January 2018|
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Response from Steven B | Reviewed this property |
Any time is fine. And always good to have a option. Albatros is a very nice Backpacker accommodation.
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