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  • 3.5 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Free Cancellation 7 Days Before Use
  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • No Transfer
  • No Meals Included

Whale Watch Kaikoura

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What to Expect
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Take part in New Zealand's best whale watching tour offering an exciting up-close encounter with the world's largest toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale!

On this unique 2.5 hour cruise you may also 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. Kaikōura often hosts Orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest dolphin - Hector's dolphin. Kaikōura 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.

This whale watching tour has a 95% success rate of sighting the Giant Sperm Whale, and a great guarantee. If you do not see a whale you'll be refunded 80% of your fare. How good is that?

Step aboard for an amazing whale watching cruise in Kaikōura – book online with us today!

Assembling arrangement:
  • Address: Whale Watch Kaikoura, the Whaleway Station Rd, Whaleway Road, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand

  • Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time.

  • Car: Whale Watch Kaikoura is a 2.5 hour scenic drive north of Christchurch. Free parking provided.


  • Child ticket: Ages 3 - 15 years
  • Unfortunately due to safety reasons, children under 3 years of age are not permitted on this tour. Please note the supplier has the right to adjust the minimum age of the group.
  • Smoking is not permitted aboard the vessel.
  • This tour is subject to sea and weather conditions. This may mean a tour is cancelled or safety restrictions placed on children or passengers with medical problems.

  • While there is no guarantee that whales will be seen on your tour, in the event your tour does not sight a whale you will be refunded 80% of your tour cost.

Tour times:

  • 10:00 am, 12:45 pm (all year)

  • 7:15 am, 3:30 pm (November to March)

  • Actual time on the water is up to 2.5 hours. Including check-in time and the safety briefing, you should allow 3.5 hours in total for this activity.

What to bring:

  • Non-slip flat shoes/boots

  • Waterproof jacket/warm sweater

  • Sunscreen/sunglasses

  • Motion-sickness tablets

  • Camera

How to Use
Booking information:
  • Upon booking this product, you will receive confirmation in the form of a tour voucher.

  • Please present the voucher on your mobile device on the day of the tour.

  • Your tour operator's contact details are included on the tour voucher.

Cancellation rules:
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancellation or revision made at least 7 days before use.
  • 30% payment fee will be charged for cancellation or revision made at 4-6 days before use.
  • No cancellation or revision within 3 days before use.
  • If you do not show up at the required time, you will be considered to have forfeited your booking and will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Q:Can I pre-book a specific time on a specific day for the Kaikoura whale watch trip when I purchase the voucher from you? and how can I do that? Thank you.
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. You sure can! After you choose a specific date and the number of people, the web will jump to the checkout page where you need to fill out your preferred cruise time in the 'Trip Details' section. We will inform the supplier after you have booked. Please feel free to email us at service@kootrip.com if you have any other questions. Kind regards, Cynthia
  • Q:I will be traveling to Kaikoura on 4-Dec-19 and I am interested in this trip. May I know what time will the trip be conducted? How many trips are conducted per day?
    A:Hi there, thanks for your question. Tours depart daily at 7:15 am, 10:00 am, 12:45 pm, and additional 3:30 pm from November to March. Please click "Show More" on the tour description page for more details. If you have any other questions, please send us an email at service@kootrip.com. Kind regards, Cynthia

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