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Whale Watch

#5 of 28 Tours in Kaikoura Features Animals
Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6767
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They say that on average you'll see 1 to 2 Sperm whales (Sperm whales being the local inhabitants... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Doug2371
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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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This trip was the highlight of my long trip to NZ. Everything is well organised and their business... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
applegate69
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Bath, United Kingdom
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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 the year, our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good21%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible3%
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“sperm whales” (419 reviews)
“sea sickness” (194 reviews)
“whale tail” (17 reviews)
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 6767

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Reviewed 5 days ago

They say that on average you'll see 1 to 2 Sperm whales (Sperm whales being the local inhabitants and preferred viewing). Whale 7 whales later we were all beaming. The staff were so knowledgeable and helpful and the chat between locations was great. We also...More

Thank Doug2371
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Kia Ora Doug Thank you for such a lovely review and recommending whale watching with us! we're happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us. How amazing that you got to see seven whales and such a large pod of Dusky Dolphins! Every...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This trip was the highlight of my long trip to NZ. Everything is well organised and their business had been disrupted by the recent earthquake so please make a trip there and support the businesses. There is a safety briefing before you head to the...More

Thank applegate69
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Thank you so much fro such an amazing review, how cool that we were the highlight of your trip to our beautiful country New Zealand! Sounds like you had an amazing marine life encounters on our tour, we hope to see you back...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

AWESOME....says it all, we went on the whale watch on our NZ trip in March 2017, so glad this was on our list of things to do, it is well run with friendly informative staff and the whales and dolphins made my partners day/holiday. loved...More

Thank 723kenneth
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your lovely review of our business and recommending our tour. Encountering whales in their natural habitat is truly an amazing experience and one that should definitely be on everyone's to do list!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

At the time of writing, it’s almost essential to book your tour with Whale Watch in advance and to keep your itinerary flexible! The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake rendered the town’s harbour unusable and while it’s being rebuilt, Whale Watch is operating just one boat four...More

Thank PatrickDrysdale
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Patrick Thank you so much for you detailed review of our business and highlighting our 80% refund policy. We have a 95% success rate on our tours for sighting a whale, which is so high due to the fact that Sperm Whales are...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My daughter bought me this trip for my birthday and it is a day out that I will never forget. The staff on the boat were lovely and enthusiastic and the numerous humpback whales were even more so! They put on a great show for...More

Thank Frangipanil65
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

What an amazing birthday gift, your daughter chose well! Humpback Whales are always a crowd pleaser, they are so playful and inquisitive that they make for some amazing whale watching experiences!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you haven't done this trip, please do ....it is such an awesome experience ...we went out on a beautiful winters day , the alps had a dusting of snow, looked majestic and not a cloud in the sky . We were lucky to see...More

1  Thank Morkuss
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Morkuss Thank you very much for recommending our whale watching tour, we agree that it is an awesome experience to see Sperm Whales up close in their natural habitat and would love to share Kaikōura's marine life with everyone. Kaikōura looks particularly beautiful...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Crew did a fantastic job tracking down the whales for the tour. Encountered four separate whales and a massive pod of dolphins. The crew were very professional and the whole tour process was executed flawlessly. Enjoy the scenery and the wildlife, and of course the...More

Thank Danielle H
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Danielle Thank you for taking the time to review our tour, we really appreciate it! We love sharing Kaikōura's amazing marine life with our passengers, we are so glad that you enjoyed your experience with Whale Watch Kaikoura. Sea sickness tablets are advised...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite the sensible warnings that no guarantee could be given that we would actually see any whales we saw five in all with several of our sightings lasting five plus minutes. The crew were great, particularly Tu our tour guide. The weather was fine with...More

Thank garywallisnl
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Wow, how amazing that you got to see five whales! We will be sure to pass on your review to Tu, one of our tour guides. Thank you for the advice - it is definitely a must for passengers to bring a windproof jacket, especially...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Although seemingly a little expensive the entire trip and encounter is well worth it. Both educational and inspirational - more should be done to protect these amazing creatures - saw 3 whales and a pod of about 100 Dusky Dolphins - great afternoon adventure on...More

Thank Chinacol A
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Kia Ora Chinacol Thank you for writing such a lovely review, we're so happy to hear that you got to see three whales and a large pod of dolphins on our tour! We completely agree, these mammals deserve our protection. Kaikōura has established the Kaikōura...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017 via mobile

A really well run trip, good organisation, informative and friendly staff, unfortunately they were unable to find us any whales bar a very short spectacle of a whale fluke as the huge mammal dived. We did get an unexpected refund. We did have close encounters...More

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Andie A
13 March 2017|
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Response from KaikouraWhaleWatch | Property representative |
Hello - thank you for your question in regards to visiting with in December. As has been pointed out already we are closed on Christmas Day however we are open on Christmas Eve and on Boxing Day. Please take time to book in... More
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TexasPenny99
16 February 2017|
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Response from Vraj G | Reviewed this property |
The best time is October to see the whales actually.
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kiranpkolli
20 November 2016|
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Response from william g | Reviewed this property |
no whale watching due to the effects of the earth quake
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