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Whale Watch Kaikoura

Get up close and personal with giant Sperm Whales in their natural habitat on this unforgettable cruise. With a 95% success rate, a sighting of these incredible mammals is highly likely.

Due to a complex marine eco-system which supports a variety of wildlife including fur seals, dolphins, many species of whale, and the largest concentration of pelagic birds in New Zealand, Kaikoura is a utopia for animal enthusiasts.

Board your vessel - a modern catamaran designed especially for whale watching and boasting an enclosed cabin, conmfortable seating and large outside decks - and head out into the Pacific Ocean.

It is likely that you will spot many species out at sea such as pods of up to 800 Dusky Dolphins cavorting in the water around you!

But the star of the show is of course the magnificent Sperm Whale which can be seen year round as it comes to the surface after hunting for giant squid at depths of up to 3,200 metres.

You may also see migratory humpback whales (June-July), Hector's Dolphins, Orcas (December-March) and NZ Fur Seals, as well as plenty of bird species including Royal Albatross, Petrels and Shearwaters.

Your local crew know the area and the whales themselves and will provide you with a fascinating commentary as you enter into the habitat of the amazing array of wildlife that call this area home.

Experience Includes

  • 2.5 hour whale watching cruise with 95% success rate
  • Opportunity to see whales, dolphins, seals, albatross and more
  • Modern catamaran with enclosed, air-conditioned cabin and spacious decks
  • Onbaord narration and informative marine presentations

Experience Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Optional gratuities
  • Food and drinks (available for purchase at the cafe on shore)


Daily, year round. Does not operate 25th December.

Departure location

Whaleway Station (Kaikoura Railway Station).

Start times

Varies throughout the year. Check calendar for details.


3.5 hours, including around 2.5 hours on the water.

Terms & Conditions

  • Please follow the instructions on your voucher.
  • The tour is not suitable for children aged less than 3 years old.
  • This tour requires a minimum of 15 people to operate otherwise the tour may not operate or a surcharge may apply.
  • There is a 95% guarantee of seeing whales - if you don’t see a whale you will be refunded 80% of your tour price.