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Address: Railway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3 319 6767
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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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Yes some say it's over priced but the chance to see these great creatures was too good to miss. The staff were extremely knowledgable, about the whales we saw, and whilst we were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Yes some say it's over priced but the chance to see these great creatures was too good to miss. The staff were extremely knowledgable, about the whales we saw, and whilst we were told seeing two would be lucky, we saw FOUR !! Their great flukes gracefully disappearing below the ocean waves made me wish to stay on the boat... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We had thought to go whale watching here, but had not booked before we arrived in town. After getting the low down from the firm, we made a snap decision to go. Boy was that the right decision. While the tour operator set low expectations for whale sighting, they managed to find 4 sperm whales on our tour and several... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

We had such an amazing time with Whale Watch Kaikoura, the briefing was informative, the boat was very comfortable and had great viewing decks. We were lucky enough to see 4 sperm whales on our trip and they were simply stunning/breathtaking. My boys loved the gift shop too...!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I was hesitant to purchase at first but with the company bearing the majority of financial burden if unproductive, why not? Attending the first trip with a 7:15 am check in time proved a good decision, the group behind had only one encounter. We did spend more time initially in locating them, a few start and stops, yet two encounters... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This was a great adventure. We saw lots of whales close up, were chased by a few different schools of dolphins, saw an albatross, and many other wildlife. The lunch was great, tour guide happy to help.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The weather was not good on the day we booked and the trip was cancelled. We were able to make a booking for early the following day which had a little better weather. Although it was delayed for a while we were told the trip would go ahead but with strong seasick warnings. The sea was a little bumpy but... More 

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Te Awamutu, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We stopped off at Kaikoura specifically so some of our party could enjoy the Whale Watch experience (one for the second time). The whole experience was very professionally run and the crew made everybody feel safe and comfortable. They had a great sense of fun which made everything very enjoyable for all ages. Safety was the most important aspect as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Try and choose your day when going whale-watching! We had pre-booked our trip, so were stuck with a day when the sea was "cutting up a bit rough"! To be fair, we were asked whether we wanted to proceed with the trip (and could have received a 90% refund if we had cancelled), but could only say yes as we... More 

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Shaftesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was a memorable day. We were lucky to be out on a clear sunny day, with Dusky dolphins doing wonderful acrobatics around our boat, and then we were waiting to hear where the Whale/s had been seen that day. 10 miles out, and there - lying on the surface like a long tree-trunk - was the Sperm Whale. It... More 

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West Linton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This was our main reason for going to Kaikoura and we were not disappointed. The booking process was dealt with by our motel on arrival the previous day. The staff at Whale Watch are safety conscious and very proficient and helpful once on the water. A very enjoyable and educational experience

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