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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: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

saw 5 whales!! very experienced co. and great explanations during the yourney. interesting also the video showed before boarding on the bus

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We were lucky, as we were the last boat out the day we went because of a storm coming in. The crew is excellent -- entertaining and informative, about wildlife, ecology, and the Maori culture. My kids learned enough to write a report and do a presentation when they returned from the trip, although they were having too much fun... More

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Jonkoping, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We had such a great time with Whale Watch! We were very lucky to get out on the sea at all; the sea was really rough so our morning trip was cancelled but we were able to go with a later one. Of course the staff cannot guarantee a sighting, but they really try hard to get you to see... More

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Toronto, Canada
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Our tour was after a two days of stormy weather. The night before sailing was doubtful but the skies cleared for our trip. There was a rough seas warning and yes some people on board did feel sick. After a safety video and another safety lesson before boarding the vessel we were on our way. We got our first glimpse... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We were nervous as not they have not sailed for 2days due to bad seas, but out today but strong sea sick warning so I dosed up, but boy was it worth it, this company was recommend, we saw 4 sperm whales, 2 hump backs, 4 hectors dolphins, seals and many birds including wandering albatross! The staff enthuitsiac and reassuring.... More

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Absolutely fantastic trip. I saw 2 sperm whales and it was fantastic to the these amazing animals so close. The staff were fantastic especially as I was travelling alone and suffered terrible seasickness. They were sensitive and considerate. The whales were worth the pain though. Also saw several albatrosses.

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Truro, United Kingdom
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

YES YES YES Safety conscious, helpful staff, good facilities and a worthwhile experience. It was pretty choppy when we went out and lots of people were vomiting but don't let that put you off. We headed out quite far to watch a sperm whale dive and then came back in and stayed with a lone killer whale for a while.... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback, seeing sperm whales and a killer whale on your tour is awesome, we hope you managed to get some great photos! More

National Capital Territory of Delhi, India
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This is a must do in New Zealand. The boat was very comfortable, the guide extremely knowledgeable, and the ride exhilarating! Saw three whales, hundreds of dolphins frolicking, and the grand old albatross with a 22 meter wing span, reminding one of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The ride is not cheap, but worth much more than what you... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your encouraging feedback, it really is so wonderful to be able to view these beautiful creatures in their natural environment. More

Auckland, New Zealand
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had a nice experience and were lucky enough to see some sperm whales (3 times) and some seals. Amazing to see the surface of the whale sticking out of the water and that's just a tiny bit of the whale. Best part is when the whale dives back under water and presents its beautiful tail. The guides were very... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

It sounds like you had a memorable time with us, thank you for sharing. Great advice about taking precautions for sea sickness before sailing with us, this is something we highly recommend. More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

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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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thanks for your feedback it is great to hear that you were able to see such wonderful sightings during your time with us. More

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