Water activity

Kaikoura: Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Whale Watch Kaikoura

Kaikoura: Whale Watching Cruise

Activity provider: Whale Watch Kaikoura
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From US$ 97.14 per person

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.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • 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
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 3 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The local partner’s office, Whale Watch Kaikōura.

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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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 202 reviews

Review summary

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The trip was very punctual, spot on timetable. The boat facilities and staff were excellent. Alan was a very good host. We were lucky seeing a Sperm Whale, three types of Dolphin, Fur seals and various birds. There was a strong swell on the water and staff dealt sensitively and practically with one of our party who suffered with motion sickness. There were 43 passengers on the boat, the max looks to be about 50 and that was a nice size, for the boat.

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March 10, 2020

We had a fantastic time. We were really lucky as there was only our boat and another at the same time that went out on the day. It was really choppy and lots of people were sea sick but there is the option at the check in to get sea sickness tablets if you need them. The crew were fantastic and really knowledgable, we managed to see a blue whale and a sperm whale along with an albatross which was amazing. Would definitely go back and recommend. Just be wary that the weather can mean your trip is cancelled, just to note when booking. Our friends went a week later and didn't manage to get on any trips as they were cancelled due to the weather being too bad.

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March 10, 2020

Absolutely brilliant. Hadley and two ladies and captain on the boat were extremely experienced with being able to locate the whales. Saw 2 different sperm whales on the surface and then watched them until they disappeared back down under the water. One we even managed to see twice so three sightings on the trip was more than expected. Also saw several albatrosses and a blue shark. Great trip. Would definitely recommend but you do have to be slightly lucky with the weather and sea conditions as the tours later in the day after ours were cancelled due to fog that came in.

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February 26, 2020

Product ID: 226204