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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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Saw 5 whales!!

This tour was extremely well organised and professional, with great safe facilities and they really go out of their way to get to as many whales as possible. I would absolutely... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Katrina W
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Ballarat, Australia
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Ballarat, Australia
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This tour was extremely well organised and professional, with great safe facilities and they really go out of their way to get to as many whales as possible. I would absolutely recommend this tour for anyone interested in whales. Little tip - sit near the exits on the boat so as to get outside and see the whales ASAP when... More 

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37 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent choice. We need to wait a bit at the office as the captain is checking out on potential 4m wave from the weather forecast. Eventually we have the go ahead for the tour as the sea calmed down. Saw maybe 6 whales. Sperm whales and humpback whales. There are also different birds including albatross.

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Thank Alex W
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Kia Ora, it is so wonderful that you and your family were able to join with us while you were in Kaikoura. Seeing 6 whales is amazing! We hope you got some beautiful photos. More 

USA
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you've never seen whales before and will never get another chance, I guess this is worth it. But we felt like we paid a lot of money for a half-baked tour -- we only saw two whales (or the same whale twice?), which they said was typically for a trip and the guy giving the presentation practically put us... More 

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Thank viajandoing
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Kia Ora thanks for taking the time to share about your experience with us, it is unfortunate that it did not live up to your expectation. We appreciate your feedback, it is always good to hear where we can improve. More 

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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92 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Despite the horror stories of sea sickness and no whales that various friends had told us, and a previous trip cancelled because of the weather (with full refund) we really struck it lucky on this trip with relatively calm seas and plenty to see. We were on the first trip of the morning so had a bit of to-ing and... More 

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Thank kdtotara
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Wow it really does sound like you had such an amazing tour. Thanks for taking the time to sail with us, it seems like you were well rewarded. More 

Auckland, New Zealand
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19 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was one of the most enjoyable and well organised activities I have ever done. This is an excellently run business and would recommend anyone to not hesitate in booking a whale watch experience with them. Every single staff member we dealt with were super friendly and well trained. Because of this we got four whale encounters on our time... More 

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Thank kiwitraveler92
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your very kind words, it is great to know that we are delivering what we set out to do - show people a 'whale of time' from start to finish. We appreciate you taking the time to share about your experience with us. More 

Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't the cheapest thing to in Kaikoura, but it's really worth the money! The scenery is fantastic and the sightings of whales and dolphins is amazing. The staff on the boat were friendly and informative and I would definitely do this again.

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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

We are so glad to hear that your time with us was so great, we hope you managed to get some beautiful photos. More 

Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome Trip we were out from about 11-1pm and saw 3 sperm whales and a massive pod of about 200 Dusky Dolphins was Great! Took a bit to find the first whale was fun to be searching for them however! Great safe boat and skilled staff

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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

We are so pleased to hear that your patience paid off. So glad you were able to join with us. More 

Kaikoura
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on a short (just over an hour) spectacular trip, with about 7 or 8 sightings of a pair of humpback whales. The back drop of the snowcapped mountains and stunning blue sky and sea provided by the almost perfect weather meant the trip would have been outstanding even without the whales! Several mollymawk albatross and other sea birds... More 

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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to share such a thorough review, we are so happy to hear that you time with us was so successful. Thanks again, hope to see many of your guests come join us. More 

Port Lincoln, Australia
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After an hour of searching (apparently it can take longer on the first tour of the day), we managed to spot a total of 3 whales. Also saw seals. Our narrator had a great sense of humor, was informative and engaging. Seats on board comfortable. People tend to rush out onto deck once there's a sighting. For $3, it is... More 

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Thank AussieZebu
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Sometimes nature likes to remind us that they are in control but our patience is always rewarded when we get to see them on the surface and when they show us their beautiful tail. Thanks for joining with us. More 

Leeds, England, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Choose the tour since it will most likely be the only chance in a lifetime to be able to spot a whale or two in real life. Lucky with the weather and we managed to spot one sperm whale and one humpback whale plus a number of dolphins. 48 people on the speed catamaran boat. We where in and out... More 

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Thank Jorgen L
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

It is so good to hear that you and your family had such a fantastic time with us. Thanks for joining with us. More 

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