Kaikoura Whale Watching
Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily.
Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early.
Where is Whale Watch located?
Whale Watch is located in the town of Kaikoura - a scenic two and a half-hour drive north from Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island. Kaikoura is a special place of lush pastures and towering, snow covered peaks that fall to the sea. This rare magic continues just offshore where a deep undersea canyon combines with unusual sea currents to attract an extraordinary abundance of marine life, the most famous being the Sperm Whale.
What is Whale Watching?
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. Find out why the Whale Watch tour is such an amazing tourist attraction.
Kaikoura often hosts the Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's. Kaikoura 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. If your Whale Watch Kaikoura tour does not see a whale, we will refund 80% of your fare.
2018 | Maritime & Shipping: Best Marine Eco-Tourism Activity - New Zealand
2017 | Australasian Responsible Tourism Award - Asia & Australasia World Travel Awards
2017 | Maritime & Shipping: Most Sustainable Eco-Tourism Company - New Zealand
2016 | Communicator Award of Excellence - Websites - Travel/Tourism
2014 | Australasian Responsible Tourism Award - Asia & Australasia World Travel Awards
2011 | Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award in Environment & Eco-Tourism Category
2010 | Tourism for Tomorrow - Community Benefit Award
2009 | Best In Marine Environment - Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards
2009 | Supreme Winner - Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards
2003 | Champion Canterbury Awards - Champion Host 2003
2003 | Australian Effects and Animation Festival Awards - Education & Training
2001 | Tourism Industry Association - New Zealand Tourism Operator of the Decade
2000 | Pacific Asia Travel Association Gold Award
1997 | Green Globe Achievement Award with Distinction
1995 | Kaikoura Tourism Award
1994 | British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Award
1990 | New Zealand Tourist Industry Federation Award
Whale Watch Kaikoura, South Island Wildlife Tours Enquiry Form
Whaleway Station Road
Phone: +64 3 319 6767
Freephone: 0800 655 121
Fax: + 64 3 319 6545
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