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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
Description: "THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine...
"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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Whales, Albatross, Seals, and dolphins all in one

Very well informed staff members, the anticipation that builds up for that one moment does not dissapoint at all. We managed to see a sperm whale and get a great shot of the tail... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Very well informed staff members, the anticipation that builds up for that one moment does not dissapoint at all. We managed to see a sperm whale and get a great shot of the tail as it heads back under was awesome. Thoroughly awesome experience to see the whale.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Must do Activity. One of the main attraction of New Zealand. If you are in New Zealand, plan a trip to kaikoura and do this activity.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Incredible experience. The staff were cheerful and informative throughout. We were lucky enough to see 5 whales and a pod of dolphins (not sure how usual this is) but would have been equally pleased if we'd only seen one or two. Highly recommend, worth the money.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This was not my first time going whale watching BUT it was the best one. I was surprised how professional the whole team was this does not only refer to the safety briefing. The whole team knew every sperm whale by name and where open for questions. Additionally they had special instruments that where able to track the activity of... More 

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

Very well run company with superb staff. We went early August and saw 3 sperm whales, one humpback and a huge group of dusky dolphins. Lots of information provided and they were very respectful of the whales whilst still making sure we got great views of them. Highly recommended trip.

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Penzance, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Yes, its relatively expensive, but you have to go. Go early and book early, when we went, the trips were selling like hot cakes. You get a briefing in the Centre and a coach ride to the boat. These are spacious and whilst they hold quite few people, they have plenty of viewing area so we never had a problem... More 

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Gisborne, Gisborne, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Fantastic experience. We saw 3 Sperm whales and plenty of dolphins. Friendly and knowledgeable staff on the boat. They were very experienced and share plenty of interesting facts about Kaikoura and its amazing wildlife.The boat ride itself is very scenic: encounter of mountains and ocean.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Ignore the morons who complain they were just sea-sick. The place is plastered with info and the staff verbally tell you to 'Take tablets' as you arrive. The crew are amazingly talented and dedicated and if they can't find a while then there rea none there. Tough! The high-speed pursuit and the scenery are worth the money alone!

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We had four magical experiences of seeing whales on the surface and diving. Staff excellent and knowledgeable. Kaikoura is a beautiful location. Great value for money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We did this back in 2001. We did indeed see a couple of whales, which was a fantastic experience, but make sure to check the weather before you leave. We had very rough seas and about a third of the passengers on the boat got sick.

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