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Whale Watch Kaikoura

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"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...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6767
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a very well organised operation. Plentiful parking for even the biggest campervans, and a very easy check-in process. Even the shop is worth a quick look around. There is a necessary safety video and then a bus transport to the boat. The only...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank salobrenaholidays
Reviewed 2 days ago

The whole operation is very efficiently run - briefings, transportation, narratives etc. We came close to two whales and a very large pod of dolphins. When not on the deck we were treated to a very informative briefing from one of the guides. One tip...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank michaelaF7144OB
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had a fabulous trip and got to see a Sperm whale in action. The team go to great lengths to ensure a whale encounter happens and there is a very informative presentation during the trip. We also saw a pod of seventy plus Dolphins doing...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank slipstream96
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We’re well brought up children and so arrived early for a 10.00 am start. Know now, you’re not on a boat at your booking time, you’re being shuttled around the gift shop, the cafe and eventually you get, in our case, a garbled safety talk,...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank jill5302016
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent value for money. Very well looked after by all the staff , from check in until we returned. Received good advice about sea conditions as the sea appeared calm before setting off but had a huge swell when we got further out. Brilliant sightings...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 556JaneP
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The boat trip and the whales were great (we saw 7/8 sperm whales and 1 blue whale). The staff on the boat was friendly and funny. They explained everything about the whales and the Kaikoura canyon. The staff on land is a different story. They...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dreamteam2k17
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Everyone's experience will be unique and different, but I suspect ours was close the norm. Firstly the operation is extremely well run and the staff do a slick job. Secondly they absolutely know what needs to be done to get you a whale sighting. We...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank QCooke
Reviewed 4 days ago

To begin with we were professionally met and helped by the wonderful Tammy at checkin to help us secure a seat on the next trip, thank you. The whole operation is slick and professional which is pleasing to witness. We watched a serious but in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Oakmead1
Reviewed 4 days ago

Enjoyed this trip so much, I did it twice and on both trips so whales and albatroses. On the second visit also saw and impressive pod of dolphins that played around the boat. Plenty of outside space to view these amazing creatures. Recommended

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Mike Y
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Nice place to see the ocean but you cannot expect that you when you go there for 100 Percent see whales. You must have luck I guess. I have been there ones and say nothing

Date of experience: February 2019
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September 23, 2018|
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Response from kiranmarvel | Reviewed this property |
It is difficult to say. We had been there in the afternoon and we were going around in boat for 2 hours and we couldn’t find any. When we were returning finally we could see one. But we could enjoy to see the dolphins... More
February 21, 2018|
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch | Property representative |
Sperm whales are semi-residential to our area so we are lucky enough to see them all year round. June is a time of which Humpback whales embark on their great annual migration so there is the added bonus of also potentially... More
Bonnie L
January 27, 2018|
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Response from NYLONer | Reviewed this property |
Ask Kaikoura Whale Watchers- they are a very well organised company, with very friendly and professional staff. If travel and / or sea sickness are issues- be prepared. The wrist bands work well.