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Whale Watch

Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6767
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Ranked #9 of 34 Activities in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours, Water sports, Adventure
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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.
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Aberdeenshire, United Kingdom
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

we were advised of a slight sea sickness warning but only 1metre swells so should be ok, i never suffer from sea sickness and work on a ship in the north sea for 6 weeks at a time in quite often 6-7 metre swells but i have never felt so unwell due to sea sickness in my life, you are... More

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Zoetermeer, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014 NEW

A two hour experience in a large boat (catamaran) searching for and looking at whales. We did get a good look at one whale, but it was appantly one of the quiet days. Even so a great experience. Unfortunately for some, the sea was too rough for them. You do go several miles out to sea, so even on beter... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

A great morning out on the ocean. An efficient check in procedure and briefing ashore. An impressive and comfortable boat with a friendly, informative and well trained crew. Went out and found a whale within about an hour, watched him for about 10 minutes, an amazing sight as he finally dived. Then we went inshore and were surrounded by dolphins... More

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Singapore
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This has to be one of the best whale-watching trips I had been to. Well-executed from booking, checking in, tour briefing, transfer, and the actual trip. At check-in, there is a screen which stated the sailing conditions e.g. mild seasickness expected which I thought was useful. The catamaran was stable and came with surprisingly comfortable seats. I did not experience... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

It is absolutely worth the money. Compare the price per person and the amount of costs the whalewatching company has to make (very expensive boats, tracking devices, petrol, etc.) and you know it's not a rip off. These things are just not for free and they ask a reasonable amount of money for a great experience. We saw two whales... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Although the weather had been bad and previous sailings had been cancelled, we were fortunate enough not only to set sail but also to see a whale which was fantastic! The crew were very friendly and kept us well informed. Just one niggle, there was a bit of a mix up with our booking when we arrived for the trip,... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Kia Ora, thank you for sharing about your time with us whale watching. It sounds like you had a fantastic time out at sea, we hope you managed to get some great photos. We are sorry that the level of service you received is not what you would expect from a leading tourism operator, we appreciate you bringing this to... More

Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

The booking was a breeze, the girls and gent on the desk were helpful, but there ended the ashore fun, one gent (not the coach driver) who introduced the movie, was down right rude and clearly didn't fit the mold of the rest of the business. On the boat was entertaining, yes we did see a sperm whale so we... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Kia Ora, thank you for your feedback, it is unfortunate that your time with us was not what you would expect from a leading tourism operator. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention and will remind our staff of the importance of delivering professional and friendly service to all our guests. We hope the rest of your time in... More

Christchurch, New Zealand
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

As the title suggests, I did not enjoy my experience on the Whale Watch Kaikoura boat in the slightest. We checked in, and to be fair they did warn us that there was a "strong seasickness warning" in place. However, as we were travelling from Christchurch, we called that morning before leaving home to be told that conditions were smooth... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Kia Ora, here at Whale Watch Kaikoura we pride ourselves in delivering a quality experience to all our guests, I am very sorry that on this occasion it fell below what you would expect from a leading tourism operator. As I am sure you can appreciate when working on the open ocean conditions can change quickly and can be very... More

India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Like most things in NZ the ride to the destination is by itself an attraction.The last 1/2 hour from ChCh to Kaikoura is mindblowing. If ur blessed with good weather the sights across the ocean would leave u gawking. The Whale Watch tour is very good and something very unique. We got to sight 2 whales in our tour and... More

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words, it is great that you were able to join with us during your time in Kaikoura, I agree this place is incredibly beautiful. It is always great to receive such positive feedback, we hope that rest of your travels were just as memorable. More

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11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

We saw a bunch of albatrosses, five killer whales, and two sperm whales in one trip. Excellent crew, would recommend this to anyone. (Buy special anti seasickness pills at the Kaikoura pharmacy though)

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kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Wow what a great trip you had, it is not every day that we get to see orca on our tours... Great tip about seasickness tablets from the Kaikoura Pharmacy, we also have remedies available from our onsite Retail Store. We hope the rest of your travel were just as successful. More

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