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Whale Watch Kaikoura

Experience an exciting adventure looking for Giant Sperm Whales with Whale Watch Kaikoura.

This is the only marine-based whale watch company in New Zealand that brings visitors on an up-close encounter and operates at all all times of the year.

Our 95% success rate guarantees an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. This trip fills up in advance, so we advise you to book early.


  • See Giant Sperm Whales, New Zealand Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and potentially more on this trip departing Kaikoura
  • 80% success rate
  • World class catamarans and knowledgable crew
  • Daily departures throughout the year (Weather dependent) 

What's Included

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. The stars of the show and year-round residents are the Giant Sperm Whales. One could also encounter the New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross during the tour.

Designed for whale watching, the company operates a fleet of modern catamarans equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and 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.

Passenger numbers for each tour are kept well below vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one.

Important Notes

Allow 3.5 hours for this tour, including check-in time, safety briefing, bus transfers, and the 2.5 hours actual time on the water.

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Duration 3.5 hours

Departs From: Canterbury

Tour Type: Day Tour & Activities

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