Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel-based whale watching company offering visitors an 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.


$150.00 - $210.00
$60.00 - $210.00
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Kaikōura is the whale watching capital of New Zealand, 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.

Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales. Kaikōura often hosts the orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's. Kaikōura 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.

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Physical address

Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $150.00 - $210.00
(15 year(s) and under)
$60.00 - $210.00
Age restriction:
Other charges:
Captain's Cabin is one price for both adults & children. The Captain's Cabin is restricted to 12 passengers. Family and Group Discounts available. Student group rates and exclusive charters available upon request, conditions apply.
Further pricing information:
We have a 95% success rate with viewing sperm whales so we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.
Cancellation policy:
No charge applies to any booking changes made No booking fee is charged No credit card transaction fee is charged No refunds will be given in the event of your failure to notify us of your cancellation before the check-in time.

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
We are a 10min drive from the Kaikoura Airport and a scenic 2hr 30min drive north from Christchurch International Airport
Proximity to coach terminal:
We are an easy 5 min walk from the coach terminal in the Kaikoura town centre
Proximity to town:
We are an easy 5 min walk from the Kaikoura town centre

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Opening times

Business hours:
Tour check-in times are 7:15am, 10:00am and 12:45pm. An extra tour is scheduled at 3:30pm from November to March. From Nov to March we can operate up to 16 tours per day. Scheduling of tours is subject to customer demand.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

Language support

  Written Spoken
Chinese (Simplified) YES NO
Chinese (Traditional) YES NO
French YES NO
German YES NO
Japanese YES NO
Korean YES NO
Spanish YES NO

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