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About Whale Watch Kaikoura
"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch® is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale all year round. A 95% success rate means a guaranteed 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. The Giant Sperm Whales share these waters with up to 14 other different species of whales and dolphins that migrate past at different times of the year. At times you may also see NZ Fur Seals, rare & endangered Hector’s Dolphins & a wide variety of marine birds including the wandering albatross. Designed for whale watching, the company operates a fleet of modern catamarans equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise &toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display award-winning marine wildlife animations.
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Kaikoura is renowned for its amazing marine life, and you’ll discover why on this whale watching tour. From your catamaran boat you’ll get up close to whales, seals, and dolphins in the deep waters off shore, as well as albatross. Learn about the animals and their habitat from live commentary on board. You are almost guaranteed to spot a whale, as you’ll receive most of your ticket price back if you don’t.
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Nick255368 wrote a review Aug 4
Palmerston North, New Zealand54 contributions9 helpful votes
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Seeing whales has been on my to do list for a while. Finally got the opportunity. The company are very professional and friendly, with modern boats that made you feel safe. The narration/guide was a good balance to keep things moving too. It was rough out in the deep water the
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Danielle J wrote a review Aug 2
Christchurch, New Zealand27 contributions4 helpful votes
A great must-do experience - very professional tour with enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. 2 sperm whale encounters, 400 dusky dolphins and a couple of mollymawk albatross. Well worth it!
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Date of experience: August 2020
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James wrote a review Jul 2020
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Because of the rough weather our boat tour was cancelled, so we booked this as an alternative. We were clearly told during the briefing that there was no guarantee we could spot any whales, but we chose to try anyways. Luckily for us, we spotted not 1, but 2 whales, including a
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Date of experience: November 2019
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kfraser178 wrote a review Jul 2020
Tauranga, New Zealand12 contributions
We were fortunate to have a perfect mid winters day - sunny, flat water and no wind. Very well informed staff, slick crew on board and straight out to our 1st whale. Incredible to see in the wild. On our trip we saw 3 whales and a pod of over 100 dolphins. It was amazing and
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AmandaW wrote a review Jul 2020
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Real trip of a lifetime! Very slick, organised, friendly and knowledgeable operation. They suggest where to sit if feeling seasick or with kids and staff all very approachable. My 9 yo was unfortunately seasick a few times but they are equipped for this and he still overall
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Date of experience: July 2020
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