Whale Watch is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early.
What is Whale Watching?
Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Find out why the Whale Watch tour is such an amazing tourist attraction.
Depending on the season you may also see migrating…
Blue Whales and
Southern Right Whales.
Kaikoura often hosts the world’s largest dolphin – the Orca – and is home to the world’s smallest and rarest – the Hector’s. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrels and 7 types of Shearwater. If your Whale Watch Kaikoura tour does not see a whale we will refund 80% of your fare.
Tour check-in times all year are:
– 7:15am – 10:00am – 12:45pm
An extra tour is scheduled at 3:30pm from November to March
Duration: 3 hours
Tour check-in occurs at the Whaleway Station (Whale Watch Office)
Whale Watch operate tours every day (weather permitting) excluding Christmas Day