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Whale Watch Kaikoura

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Kaikoura, New Zealand
About Whale Watch Kaikoura
"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch® is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale all year round. A 95% success rate means a guaranteed 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. The Giant Sperm Whales share these waters with up to 14 other different species of whales and dolphins that migrate past at different times of the year. At times you may also see NZ Fur Seals, rare & endangered Hector’s Dolphins & a wide variety of marine birds including the wandering albatross. Designed for whale watching, the company operates a fleet of modern catamarans equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise &toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display award-winning marine wildlife animations.
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Kaikoura is renowned for its amazing marine life, and you’ll discover why on this whale watching tour. From your catamaran boat you’ll get up close to whales, seals, and dolphins in the deep waters off shore, as well as albatross. Learn about the animals and their habitat from live commentary on board. You are almost guaranteed to spot a whale, as you’ll receive most of your ticket price back if you don’t.
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Darla H wrote a review 6 May
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My family and I went on this Whale Watch adventure in January. This was a dream come true, something I had on my bucket list. I was not disappointed. The staff and their hosting was incredible. The stories and information they provide is exceptional and very educational. Seeing the whales was breathtaking and the staff instructed the perfect moment to take that perfect tail photo in real time. The day we went turned out to have fallen on a day there was a special running, and as we had booked well in advance, we were refunded the difference, which was a lovely surprise. Probably one of the greatest adventures we have ever had, and a gem and jewel of New Zealand activities and adventures. Oh and getting to tease my husband about looking like the yellow telly tubby, even with Sea Legs, to this day was super added bonus lmao. It was also super awesome to win the best photo competition they had going. Just everything was incredible and created incredible memories.
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Date of experience: January 2022
kiwitreki wrote a review Mar 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand47 contributions28 helpful votes
Amazing experience with amazing staff. We were so lucky to see 3 whales and a big pod of dusky dolphins. Crew were professional informative, helpful and caring. It was rough conditions and a number of passengers were sick. The crew were so kind to them. Awesome trip which I throughly recommend.
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Date of experience: March 2022
Kiwi_guy2323 wrote a review Mar 2022
Auckland, New Zealand18 contributions1 helpful vote
Very cool experience with these guys. They were super informative and explained everything that was happening at the time (tracking the whales can take a bit of time), and had lots of information about other marine life like birds and dolphins as we saw them. Super professional and lots of fun, a must do!
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Date of experience: March 2022
Nihonihoohura wrote a review Mar 2022
Auckland Central, New Zealand471 contributions106 helpful votes
Great day out. We saw one whale, which dived and managed to get great pics of his tail. Commentary onboard was excellent with humour. Comfortable, large boat. Only thing is you have to wait at least half an hour or more after check in to board the bus to the wharf.
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Sarah Kirkwood wrote a review Mar 2022
Dunedin, New Zealand24 contributions6 helpful votes
We went into the office, after checking out of our motel hoping to do the trip. We had to be back in ChCh by a certain time, so asked if we could pay, but drive to South Bay instead of taking the courtesy coach so that after the boat trip we could drive south from there. (we had parking available around the corner at a friends home). The lady behind the counter was very abrupt and said no, there is no parking at South Bay, which is not entirely correct. So sorry team, but you missed out 2 people booking tickets.
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Date of experience: March 2022