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Whale Watch

Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6767
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Ranked #8 of 32 activities in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Water sports
Owner description: "THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine based Whale watching company offering exciting up-close encounter with the... more » Owner description: "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 the year, our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. « less
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This was a great experience. More then I expected. We were lucky enough to see four whales, two hectors dolphins and a bunch of seals. Everyone felt pretty lucky. The service from the staff in the shop was exceptional, and pretty good from the boat staff too. Only small problem was the sea, which even though it was considered moderate,... More

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Stamford, Connecticut
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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 NEW

It may be much for whale watching but there is nothing like it. You are seeing animals that you can't see anywhere else (or at least not easily). The crew really makes the effort to make sure you see as much as you can. One crew member went around the boat to point out the whale to the passengers (because... More

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Havelock North, New Zealand
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Yes, this is a relatively expensive activity. BUT the service and information given is very good, and the staff great. They make a big effort to get to a whale, which is not that easy since they (whales) spend most of their time under the water. But, when one does surface the boat moves rapidly towards the whale. Sure, you... More

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Breitnau, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

We had absolutely perfect weather & the tour was not fully booked, so we had some space on the vessel. The guides were quite fun and spotted some sperm whales pretty much right away. On the way back we made a quick stop near some fur seals. Overall very cool experience.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

No trip to New Zealand would be complete without taking in an opportunity to view Sperm whales in their home territory. Whale watching at Kiakoura on the south island is recognised as being a world best location, for numerous reasons, and in Whalewatch, the local nature based tourism company, you have a local group of people who have dedicated themselves... More

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Taupo, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

If you want to see whales in their natural habitat this is the way to do it. We only saw 2 of the creatures from the deep thanks to the perseverance of the crew who tracked them down. The crew were very friendly and informative and the on-shore facility that forms part of the experience was well done. I know... More

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Gawler, Australia
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My husband was a bit sceptical about this tour - quite costly for a large family, and you can't really see much of the whales above water... but even he admits that we all had a great time. Yes, you cant see much of the whale(s), but the reaction from the crowd on the boat when he dived was amazing.... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

In one of the most beautiful places I have been lucky enough to not only visit but to have grown up in, Whale watching is a must-do for visitors and for locals alike. Coming into such close contact with one of natures biggest and most spectacular mammals, the sperm whale is absolutely breath-taking and for some life-changing. Not to mention... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

When you imagine seeing a huge whale, you expect something spectacular. However this was not. You hardly see 5% of the above surface of the whale and when the whale dives down it is a decent sight to see. The cruise is comfortable, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. They explain you the whole process of how they spot the... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and its a shame you didn't enjoy your encounter with a Giant Sperm Whale. Being able to see the largest carnivore on the planet in their natural environment doing what comes naturally to them without any obvious concern with us being there is a wonderful thing. I hope the rest of your travels around NZ... More

North Queensland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We did the afternoon tour on May 7, 2014. We were scheduled for the following day but arrived early in Kaikoura. The staff were more than helpful in allowing us to jump on board a day early. The briefings onshore and on the boat were necessary and valuable. The staff on the vessel were excellent (can you get a broader... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback and its sound like you had a great trip with us which is great to hear. I hope the rest of your travels around NZ are as successful. More

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