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Whale Watch is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company operating year round. We offer visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.
Whale Watch is located in the town of Kaikoura, a scenic 2.5 hours drive north of Christchurch in New Zealand’s South Island. Towering snow-covered peaks fall to the ocean here, while just offshore a deep undersea canyon attracts an extraordinary abundance of marine life, the most famous being the Sperm Whale.
Kaikoura’s resident Sperm Whales are the largest living carnivore – equivalent in size to four elephants. They share their unique world with a host of other whale and dolphin species, seals and albatross – all regular sightings aboard Whale Watch tours. Designed especially for whale watching, our modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display our 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.
Whale Watch is committed to providing a quality whale watching experience while carefully managing the use of a rare natural resource. As a Maori-owned company, Whale Watch cherishes the twin values of hospitality to visitors and reverence for the natural world. It is a philosophy that embraces people, the land, the sea and all living things as one.
Tours scheduled : 7.15am, 10am and 12.45pm daily. An additional tour at 3.30pm in summer months (Nov-March). Bookings essential. Adverse sea conditions can cause cancellation.