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Whale Watch

Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3 319 6767
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Ranked #7 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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
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Camelford, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were blessed to have 4 whale encounters on our trip, very lucky people. The staff and crew were friendly, excellent and highly professional in all matters. The information given on the trip was exceptional and really showed how much the company cares about the nature of their bay. The whale watching boat is perfect for the job and the... More

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Hong Kong, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We booked the morning trip that departed at 10:00am. We drove ourselves from Christchurch at around 7:15am and arrived there at 9:30am. In Christchurch, there was a little traffic jam already even it was early morning. There was car park just outside the Whale Watch office. The trip was not confirmed yet when we arrived at 9:30am. The staff told... More

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Dillon, Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My family and I went out on the mid morning cruise. \ It was well worth the expense, and since it was school holidays, the kids were free, GREAT SAVINGS!! We saw two Sperm Whales over the 3 hour cruise, it was amazing being able to witness such majestic creatures so close to the boat. We also tried to catch... More

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Strasbourg, France
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We saw 14 Sperm whales, 4 Orca's and countless dolphins and seals. A fantastic day and some great photos. This is a Must do activity and recommend going early in the morning as this is when the whales are more active. The boat is modern and the guide provided a very informative presentation onboard. I highly recommend this activity

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Singapore, Singapore
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49 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

must do experience. Very very nice. These people are passionate about what they do and thus they take ensuring your satisfaction seriously. Safety takes priority for them and they are serious about it. You spend a long long time out in the water - about 2 hours neat in the water (roughly). It takes about 20 min to go out... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We arrived early and caught the first boat out. Its popular during peak season so make sure you either book or get there early. Its not the cheapest (around $140-150pp), but we found it value for money. Its well organised and informative and the vessel is great. They don't overcrowd the boats which makes it easy to grab a decent... More

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Crownsville, Maryland
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

This was our best excursion of our trip. It wasn't a long trip, but we saw 3 whale dives, an Orca pod and a large school of dolphins. Our guide was excellent. I highly recommend this company, everything was top notch.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

After a tough cook strait ferry crossing we're were afraid that the sea swells would cancel our planned whale watch. Fortunately the seas calmed down and the staff put us on the boats with some great advice on how to mitigate any sea sickness. My wife, who struggles with boats loved the whole experience and our son was so excited... More

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London, United Kingdom
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74 reviews 74 reviews
13 attraction reviews
264 helpful votes 264 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Very lucky with the weather as the previous two days Whale Watch trip were cancelled resulting in huge demand for the day we wished to travel. TIP - arrive early in the morning say 8.30am to secure the time slot you require on the day as unfortuantely if you arrive adhoc you may be disappointed due to demand. A very... More

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GlobalKiwi
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

As a Kiwi, I've never prioritised this experience thinking 'it's expensive' and 'there's always next time', but if you are in Kaikoura and it's nice weather, GO!! This is not to be missed, absolutely fantastic and worth it at twice the price. The whole package is done very professionally and I loved the continuous knowledgeable commentary whilst on the boat.

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