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Address: Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+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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As with any tour, it is essential to book ahead, especially given the devastating earthquake in November. The online booking process was slick, easy and no bother and we booked 2... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
joannagould259
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Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As with any tour, it is essential to book ahead, especially given the devastating earthquake in November. The online booking process was slick, easy and no bother and we booked 2 months in advance, although as with anything ocean based, were well aware that sea conditions may affect our sailing. The day arrived and although there were reasonable swells, our... More 

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Coatesville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Yes, you do have to book ahead of time. Due to the November earthquake their trips are reduced from 6 to 3 per day because the ocean floor shifted and the marina is being repaired. Forgive them and book ahead. It is spectacular, well organized, fairly small ( 40ish) size group, great commentator on comfortable boat and we did see... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Whilst staying in Kaikoura really wanted to go on trip to see the whales, we were told trips were full, we would have to go on the waiting list. When we turned up for the waiting list time, there were many people all on the waiting list. Although there were 3 trips per day we were only allowed to put... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

... and more than one! The two whales that we got to see during our Whale Watch tour were absolutely amazing, They put a real show for us with flukes over a mountainous backdrop each time. Add a pod of Dusky Dolphins and a few Albatross to the mix and you've got the perfect morning cruise. Amazing!!!

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Cornwall, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An awe inspiring experience. Well organised, welcoming and very knowledgeable the staff of this Maori run company brought us alongside sperm whales, dusky dolphins and albatrosses. Information given during the trip helped passengers appreciate these truly amazing creatures..and the moment the tail raises out of the water ...is unforgettable! Whales are sighted in, I believe, at least 80% of trips.... More 

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Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend this whale watching tour off of Kaikoura. Buying tickets in advance is a must especially during the peak season. It took us about 25 minutes to get to the place where we were fortunate enough to see seabids, a couple of fur seals, some dolphins, one sperm whale and 15 minutes later 2 blue whales!! We were... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

About the whale watch company located in Kaikoura: me and my friends we were really enthusiast about seeing some whales in front of the coastline in Kaikoura so for doing this we want to book a boat tour with this whale watch company. Unlucky for us we were just to late for booking a tour with them but we had... More 

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KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this review

Kia Ora Dominic, We appreciate you taking the time to post this review, I can assure you that we pride ourselves on delivering great customer service, I am sorry that this below what you would expect from a leading tourism operator. I have passed this on to senior management for their information and consideration. Despite your disappointment in your time... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a lovely afternoon!! Managed to see 2 sperm whales which was so out of this world!!! The boat crew were amazing in spotting them and giving us loads of information on Kaikoura and marine life!

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Winchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate in that we had booked this trip about a year ago. Due to the earthquake in the area in November 2016, severe disruption to timetables, accommodation and access is common. Our morning booking had been rescheduled to the lunchtime trip. Instead of the usual 16 sailings per day, the company presently sail 4 times a day. Even... More 

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Monza, Italy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whale watching is Kaikoura's main attraction. The ocean in front of Kaikoura is very deep, the ocean floor takes the shape on a canyon where many species of sea animals find the perfect place to live. Young sperm whales spend here their time before they are ready to mate in warmer waters. There are 2 ways of whatching whales: either... More 

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