Whale Watch Kaikoura, Kaikoura

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Dolphin / Whale Watching · Nature / Wildlife Tour
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

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.

Flukes Cafe & Wine Bar and Whale Watch Gift Shop onsite.

Please note that at times images viewed on our website and social media channels have been taken with a zoom lens. Our interactions with marine mammals adhere to all regulations set in place, with these being outlined during our tours.

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  • Unfortunately our tour was canceled due to the weather. The staff were friendly and getting a full refund because we were unable to rebook on another tour was easy and seamless. My only comment...  more »
  • Very well organised tour. Ran smoothly and to time. We were briefed that it was going to be a little rough and offered the option of pulling out of the tour. Luckily for us sea sickness is not an...  more »
  • We went on a day with 3m swells. I had taken a pill the night before and wore pressure bands on my wrists. I'm pleased to say I wasn't sick! We saw three whales. One was up very close as it relaxed on the surface. We also saw a very large pod of dolphins, a couple of albatross and quite a few seals. The crew were experienced, professional and friendly. We enjoyed a lively commentary throughout. The boat was comfortable and clean. Families with children were boarded first and recommended to sit toward the back of the boat where it is more stable. We were able to get out on deck each time the boat stopped, for a better view and some fresh air. I highly recommend this to others, whether local or tourists.
  • We were very lucky and the weather was very nice and we saw the first sperm whale after just 5 minutes. We saw another sperm whale as well and what felt like hundreds of dusky dolphins leaping out of the sea. Amazing! Then we got to see a colony of fur seals with many cute pups. Very professional staff with fun and interesting narrative. Would definitely recommend!

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