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.
Duration : 2.5 hours
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.
Transportation : Bus transfers.
Category : Sightseeing.
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.
No food, drink or film are sold on-board the boats.
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.