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Whale Watch

Address: Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6767
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Ranked #12 of 34 Activities in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Owner description: "THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine based Whale watching...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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Melbourne, Australia
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

Definitely one of our best souvenir from NZ (even if it results difficult to chose). We could see 2 sperm whales, could get a lot of pictures, specially with their tales up in the air. We saw many albatros, and spent a while with hundreds of dolphins which were giving us a real show. We enjoyed so much ! Please... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

We saws 4 sperm whales, dolphins and quite a few albatross. The boats were very fast but you felt safe but not for people who suffer from sea sickness as the seas can be very rough. We were very lucky we went out at 10.30 an our boat was the last one out that day owing to the change in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Probably my greatest wildlife experience in New Zealand.The deep ocean volcanic chasm which heats up the water off the coast allows plankton to feed here on a large scale. After them the entire food chain follows, all the way up to the Sperm whale, which is what the boats go to find. Whale Watching is the main operator and have... More 

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Singapore
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Why? It is an extremely well run operation. Every step of the way the staff are attentive, professional and friendly. And yes we saw the whales. However it was just difficult to fully appreciate as we along with a bunch of other people got very sea sick so spent a lot of time with a head in a bag (plenty... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Efficiently run. A slick operation. We saw 4 sightings of sperm whales and a few albatross. Disappointed that there were no Dolphins around. Maybe as we spent a long time tracking and following one particular whale ( which was exciting and interesting in itself) and waited for him to surface, that there wasn't time to go look for Dolphins too.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Kaikoura is basically a small town , I guess those to go Kaikoura must have planned to go for Whale watching. Something to take note , bring your jacket as it's very windy and cold ( we went Dec ) We saw a couple of sperm whales, and dusky dolphines.

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Thirsk, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

We saws quite a few sperm whales, dolphins and albatross. The boats they use are so fast and sturdy - you feel totally safe. We had actually booked a 3pm trip but had to come back at 7 the next morning due to rough seas

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

I'm constantly surprised by Trip Advisor writers who, when taking a trip on open water, complain about being seasick, as if this is somehow the tour's fault. They also usually complain that they didn't see the animals they wanted to for long enough, or enough different species, or not close enough, or something. This is not a cruise in a... More 

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Visited in 2009 and didn't see any whales! Lucky this time with 3 different whales, lots of albatross and dusky dolphins. We were lucky and saw a whale within about 10minutes of the start of our trip! It was a grey and rough day - I've never suffered with sea sickness but did feel 'wobbly' on this trip. I was... More 

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Utrecht Province, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We had a fantastic trip - we saw three sperm whales, dusky dolphins, albatrosses, and fur seals. Prepare well to avoid sea sickness. Trip was really well organized, and the guide was informative and a great presenter.

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