Whale Watching Kaikoura
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Whale Watch is New Zealand's offer an exciting up-close encounter with the worlds largest toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year, a 95% success that you will see the whales.
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Terms and Conditions
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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. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - 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.
During the months of Nov - Mar there is a rest period in place for viewing of the dusky dolphins between the hours of 11.30am to 1.30pm. This is mandatory for all vessels and has been put in place by the Department of Conservation, this restricts viewing of dolphins during these times.
Duration : 1 Hour
Departure Location : From the Whale Watch office in Kaikoura located at the old railway station.
Departure Time : 7:15am, 9:30am, 11:55am and 1:15 pm
Departure Dates : All year (weather permitting) except Christmas Day.
Pace : Sightseeing
Level of fitness required: Very Easy
What to bring
Dress warmly and wear flat shoes. If you wish to spend time on the outside decks of our vessels you may need light waterproof clothing depending on the sea conditions.
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 45 days or more before the start of the tour, the cancellation fee will be equivalent to the deposit paid
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 30 to 45 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 25% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 to 30 days before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 50% of the contract price
- Where the date of cancellation is a date 7 days or less before the start of the tour the cancellation fee shall be 100% of the contract price
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