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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Cruise

Product ID: 226204
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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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  • 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 up-close encounters with a range of other wildlife, including fur seals, pods of dolphins, and the endangered wandering albatross. Your experienced crew will provide scientific information and indigenous knowledge about these amazing creatures throughout the tour.

Set sail in a modern catamaran, equipped with engines that minimize underwater noise and nonpolluting toilets. Large outdoor decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities, and the air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating and plasma screens displaying award-winning marine wildlife animations. Passenger numbers are kept well below the vessel carrying capacity to ensure a more personal experience.
  • 2-hour cruise
  • Round-trip bus transfers to Kaikoura Marina
  • Narration by expert crew
  • Award-winning animation
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years

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Meeting point

The local partner’s office, Whaleway Station Road, Kaikoura 7300.

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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
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Whale Watch Kaikoura

Product ID: 226204