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Address: Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6767
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's...

"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.

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Good but not for people who suffer seasickness

Overall i enjoyed the morning but whales are shy creatures so out of three hours expect about 3 minutes of seeing a sperm whales back, its tail and its spout. We sailed on a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
mal_chaney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Overall i enjoyed the morning but whales are shy creatures so out of three hours expect about 3 minutes of seeing a sperm whales back, its tail and its spout. We sailed on a pretty normal day and there were multiple people getting seasick which was quite nauseating itself. Very experienced and knowledgeable crew. The cafe at Whale HQ does... More 

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Brentwood, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My first visit to NZ and this was always going to be on our list of things to do...and it didn't disappoint. We were lucky that the weather was beautiful and the sea relatively calm. The operation is run extremely well and with a coordinated effort between the boats and the helicopter regarding sightings, we came upon a sperm whale... More 

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Thank CharliesGirl
Dunedin, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Fantastic trip with whale watch today. We saw a pod of Dusky Dolphins, a humpback whale and a sperm whale. Our tour guides were fantastic, really knowledgeable and up for a good laugh. Being Kiwis ourselves I think they struck a good balance without being too overly touristy and cliche. Would definitely recommend!

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We managed to come alongside two separate sperm whales, watching each until they dived out of sight and then we raced across the bay and spent five minutes in the middle of a school of dolphins performing completely crazy antics for our cameras. to complete the morning an albatross landed right beside the boat and preened itself for several minutes.... More 

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

It's luck if you get to see a sperm whale or not, we were lucky. We saw 4 AND three Orca. Well organised, efficient run unit and very worthwhile

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When we arrived we were told that the sea was a little choppy but nothing must have, I am usually ok so did not take sea sick pills. Oh how wrong that was! I so wish I had taken a pill! We went out on the sea, at the beginning it was ok, we all sat in our seat and... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Speaking as someone who has little affinity with being on the sea and who only went along to keep their partner company it wasn't a bad day. It was very choppy though and I did spend most of the trip trying (successfully I might add) to keep my lunch down! The team are very knowledgeable. Safety is paramount and I... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The sea was a bit choppy but we had plenty of advance warning. We zoomed off and saw two sperm whales. You don't see much of a whale until it dives and you get an amazing view of the tail. We also saw seals but unfortunately we didn't see Dolphins.

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Thank Brian D
Manchester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Saw 3 sperm whales plus dolphins and krill. Staff pulled a bucket of krill onto the deck so we could see, fascinating not at all what I expected. Staff really nice and very informative.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My experience was amazing in kaikoura. The staff at the whale watch were really polite and answered all the queries. A safety demonstration was given in the start which explained everything that's gonna happen through the tour. The facilities were clean. The cafe was nice. We were taken to our cruise on a bus. The driver of the bus was... More 

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