Whale Watch Kaikoura, Kaikoura

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  • Address: The Whaleway Station Whaleway Road, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
  • Timings: 06:45 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +64-33196767
  • Ticket Price: 145 NZD
  • Time Required: 04:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Tour, Water Sport, Nature
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About Whale Watch Kaikoura, Kaikoura

Whale Watch Kaikoura gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the majestic creatures from the oceans that are a cause of great wonder in humans. The sheer size of these creatures makes one think of just how insignificant one is on the face of this earth.

Whale watching can be done in very few places on the earth and the experience in New Zealand is unparalleled. The Whales roam freely around as you admire their majesty in your boat.

Seeing the whales is certainly a once in a life time experience. The best part is that the Whale watch is a eco-friendly activity. You can be assured that you will not disturb the whales too much thanks to the sustainable nature of the whole operation. It is certainly an amazing experience worth having in Kaikoura.

Whale Watch Kaikoura Information

  • The last tour leaves at 3:30 pm.
  • All throughout the year there are fixed tours at 7:15 am, 10:00 am and 12:45 pm irrespective of the season.
  • It is better to book the tour online and in advance.

How To reach Whale Watch Kaikoura by Public Transport

  • Kaikoura Train Station

Restaurants Near Whale Watch Kaikoura

  • Sonic Bar & Restaurant
  • Maxtons Restaurant
  • Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses

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Things to Know Before Visiting Whale Watch Kaikoura

  • 57.35% of people who visit Kaikoura include Whale Watch Kaikoura in their plan

  • 72.26% of people plan their visit to Whale Watch Kaikoura between 09 AM - 10 AM

  • People usually take around 4 Hrs to see Whale Watch Kaikoura

Monday, Thursday and Friday

92.47% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Whale Watch Kaikoura

People normally club together Ohau Waterfall Walk And Stream Walk and Peninsula Walkway while planning their visit to Whale Watch Kaikoura.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Whale Watch Kaikoura, Kaikoura Reviews

  • Had an absolutely amazing experience! Went on the 1:15pm tour in early March. Saw one sperm whale first, and then another pair! Then saw some dancing dolphins too by chance, and also a flying albatross too. It was a fine day and the ride wasn't too rough. We could all go out to the deck for viewing and it felt safe, as they have 5 staff on the boat. They have sonic tracking devices and know the whales too to know exactly where the whales are. We booked a few months ahead online, for the scheduled times because the spaces do fill up quickly. But apparently if weather and viewing is good, they would add more tours and allow standbys, so even if online schedules are full, do call them and try your luck. Allow 2 days’ stay in Kaikoura to increase your chance though as the weather is variable and boats only go out when it's absolutely safe because it is high sea out there. How the company was founded 30 years ago was intriguing and inspiring too; it's staff are understanding and accommodating. Definitely worth coming all the way here for it as this is probably the only place on earth you can come so close to seeing happy wild whales in a motor boat, with 90%+ sighting chances.

  • Had a fantastic time on the whale watch cruise. Saw 2 BLUE WHALES and a Sperm whale which were amazing. Obviously there's always a chance you won't see anything but this seems pretty small considering they actively monitor gps locations whales dove and how long they've been underwater. The staff were and friendly and entertaining... We think we will come back in winter for a chance to see humpbacks! :)

  • I had a great experience here. The team on the ship was super and did all they could to find us some whales. Which worked out in the end! Would have been five stars if not for the fact that they do nothing to reach out to you if your tour gets cancelled because of the weather. I mean, how much trouble can it be to send people and automated mail to say the tour was cancelled? We were told to check their website, but being a traveller that sounds easier than it is to do in reality.

  • They're not lying when they say they have a 90% success rate. We seen two sperm whales a few albatrosses and pod of about 200 hundred dolphins. I would have loved to get just that little bit closer to the whales. It's was great fun but i don't know if it was worth 150 NZD each. It was very choppy so you're almost certainly going feel ill in similar conditions I think the wind was 15 knots.

  • After watching the adorable dolphins, the wheal-watch boat has to take us back, as the fog was becoming too strong to go forwards for seeking the wheals. That is the nature we can’t control. People got 80% refund for that. The stuff were all cheerful and professional.

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