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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Whale Watch Kaikoura

Kaikoura: Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Whale Watch Kaikoura
Likely to sell out Booked 16 times yesterday

From US$ 94.44 per person

Likely to sell out Booked 16 times yesterday

Enjoy a unique whale watching experience off the South Island of New Zealand. Experience an up-close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator, the giant sperm whale. Look out for other wildlife, including seals, dolphins, and birds.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy close encounters with the giant sperm whale
  • See dolphins, seals, and the wandering albatross
  • Admire stunning views of the mountainous coastline
Full description

Take a whale-watching cruise off the Kaikoura coast, and see giant sperm whales in their natural environment. Enjoy onboard commentary as you encounter a range of wildlife, including fur seals, pods of dolphins, and the endangered wandering albatross.

Set sail on a catamaran, equipped with engines that minimize underwater noise and nonpolluting toilets. Take in the views from the large outdoor decks or stay inside the air-conditioned interiors with comfortable seating and plasma screens displaying marine wildlife animations.

Gain an insight into the habitat with scientific information and indigenous knowledge about these creatures from the crew. Passenger numbers are kept well below the vessel's capacity to ensure a more personal experience.

  • 2-hour cruise
  • Narration by expert crew
  • Award-winning animation
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The local partner’s office, Whale Watch Kaikōura.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • The minimum age is three years old but the minimum age is subject to the sea and weather conditions at the time of check-in
  • Please note that the tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. The local partner will confirm your exact tour time by email after booking
  • Please note that your tour time might be different from the one you request due to availability
  • If you suffer from motion sickness it is recommended to take precautions prior to arriving at the office, motion sickness tablets are available for purchase at the office
  • The amount of time on the water is just over 2-hours and it is recommended to allow 3 hours and 15 minutes for the entire experience including check-in, safety briefing, and bus transfers
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 351 reviews

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A great trip as we saw a male sperm whale on the surface and then diving. We saw him a second time plus lots of dolphins, an orca and an albatross. I had never seen a whale before so to see one in the open sea was brilliant. Well run and interesting commentary. Take sea-sickness precautions if you need to; it seemed like a calm sea but we bounced around over the surface. They sell medication at the ticket office.

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November 20, 2022

This was a spectacular excursion! The crew were amazing and incredibly knowledgeable. We had the opportunity to see all sorts of wildlife including fur seals, dusky dolphins, albatross, and last but certainly not least, a sperm whale. The boat was top of line in terms of both safety and luxury. Couldn’t have enjoyed this trip more and would definitely say it was worth every penny! We will do it again for sure! Highly recommend to anyone questioning whether or not it’s worth it. GO FOR IT!

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November 14, 2022

Competent and tested staff for a truly enjoyable boat experience. We really appreciated the explanations on the various marine species that we would encounter, I especially appreciated the database of the encounters of individual cetaceans with physical characteristics and other information that they showed us on the screens on board. Being a large group, the largest boat was chosen, very powerful and fast and with an excellent overview from bow to stern, in particular the not excessive height of the lateral keel allows an excellent close view with the dolphins. We must always hope for a good sunny day, but from the experience of the team it is difficult not to meet any cetaceans, the possible refund of 80% as indicated in the contract seems right to me.

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November 2, 2022

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