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Whale Watch

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Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6767
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A Privelidge

You'll need to be a little bit circumspect with this attraction because you might see whales and... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2015
Ian G
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Sydney, Australia
An Awesome encounter

This is another "must-do" when you visit Kaikoura. We booked our tickets from Whale Watch Kaikoura... read more

Reviewed 19 May 2015
CCLiew_Melaka
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Melaka State, Malaysia
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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%
Travellers talk about
“sperm whales” (421 reviews)
“sea sickness” (195 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 19 May 2015

You'll need to be a little bit circumspect with this attraction because you might see whales and you might not, but if you do (we were lucky enough to see four) you're seeing one of natures most spectacular sights. WWK do everything they can to...More

1  Thank Ian G
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2015

Kia Ora Ian, thanks so much for your feedback we really appreciate you taking the time. When working with nature we never know what is going to happen from one tour to the next which is what makes it such a wonderful experience day in...More

Reviewed 19 May 2015 via mobile

This is another "must-do" when you visit Kaikoura. We booked our tickets from Whale Watch Kaikoura and we were not disappointed. We were warmly greeted on board the ship. Throughout the journey to the sea, we were briefed by a knowledgeable staff about the whales...More

Thank CCLiew_Melaka
KaikouraWhaleWatch, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 6 July 2015

Kia Ora, thank you so much for your review it really does sound like you had such an enjoyable time with us along with some beautiful encounters with the marine life we have off the Kaikoura coastline. Hope you managed to get some great photos.

Reviewed 14 May 2015

Saw 4 whales. 80% refund if no whales are sighted. All the people involved were very courteous and efficient except the front desk staff who left a lot to be desired. My husband almost walked out as they didn't appear to want to serve us,...More

1  Thank Dorothy B
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Kia Ora, thank you for taking the time to share about your experience with us. It is really wonderful to hear that you were able to see 4 sperm whales on your tour, we hope you managed to get some great photos. We appreciate you...More

Reviewed 13 May 2015

This was our second visit to Kaikoura. If you are on the South Island you should visit. It is great value for money and you will have the completely unique experience of seeing Whales in their natural environment. This year it was evident that the...More

Thank James1Head
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Kia Ora James, wow thank you so much for your very kind words we are so glad that you had such a great time with us recently. We really look forward to having you join with us again in December. Great advice about checking out...More

Reviewed 13 May 2015

We sadly didn't get to see any whales on this trip which is obviously the main point of going out there, but that's certainly not the Whale Watch staff's fault. They were great and did a good job in trying to find a whale but...More

1  Thank NatureAndBeauty
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Thanks so much for your kind words and understanding. It is just as disappointing to us when we are unable to locate a sperm whale on one of our tours. We also really appreciate your feedback in regards to the short time in viewing of...More

Reviewed 12 May 2015

This is a MUST DO if anyone is in New Zealand! The whale watch is brilliantly organised and although they do not guarantee seeing a whale, they offer an 80% refund if one is not spotted. The boats are custom built and the crews are...More

1  Thank Bucksmjb
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Kia Ora, thank you for your kind words and for taking the time to share about your experience with us. It sounds like you had a fantastic time on your tour which is wonderful to hear. Thanks again.

Reviewed 10 May 2015

£65 each for two hours twenty minutes on a fast comfortable boat. The crew were friendly & informative. Not much to see. The same whale twice & a few sea birds.

1  Thank Glennmore
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Thank you for sharing about your time with us. We appreciate you taking the time to join with us while in Kaikoura. We hope that the rest of your time in New Zealand was full of wonderful memories.

Reviewed 9 May 2015 via mobile

The only reason I came to visit Kaikoura. Didn't see any whales. It's a nice boat ride either way but I disagree with the price. $145 for adults is too much and to only receive 80% refund I wasn't pleased. I came back the next...More

1  Thank MaryRoseSears
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Kia Ora, thank you for your review and feedback. As I'm sure you can appreciate when dealing with nature we cannot guarantee what will happen from one tour to the next whether this is what marine wildlife are encountered or the changeability of sea and...More

Reviewed 9 May 2015

Commercially speaking that is a perfectly run operation. A great information centre, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff on shore and on the boat. The company shows great adaptability, both to weather conditions and whale movement. The boat we went on had powerful engines and in...More

4  Thank nordlysMH
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Kia Ora - thank you for taking the time share such a detailed review, we really appreciate you taking the time to do so. Unfortunately seasickness can be inevitable for some given that we operate out on the open ocean and sea conditions can change...More

Reviewed 4 May 2015

Great staff, from the bus driver being friendly to the staff who were fun and informative on the trip. And we had a great view of a whale. Will do it again with my children one day.

1  Thank SherylG06
kaiksbondy, Manager at Whale Watch, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2015

Kia Ora Sheryl, thanks for your review it is so great that you were able to join with us. We look forward to you returning one day with your children :)

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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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