Whale Watch - Kaikõura
NZ's Whale Watching capital!
Situated against an absolutely stunning backdrop that takes in views from the alps to the ocean is a pretty special township called Kaikõura, where Whale Watch operates its tours year round. This is NZ's whale watching capital and Whale Watch is NZ's only vessel based whale watching company that offers your family an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment. With a purpose built vessel, from which you will enjoy your tour you are provided with great viewing and photographic opportunities, and limited not only to viewing whales but potential encounters with NZ Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins, Albatross and other marine life.
Note: Tour departures are weather dependent and the minimum age for children is 3 years and over. We reserve the right to raise our minimum age requirement if we feel sea/weather conditions are not suitable for younger children.
Every Whale Watch tour provides a unique experience and of course the sightings may vary, but typically the Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and our year-round residents.
A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter: -
- NZ Fur Seals
- pods of Dusky Dolphins
- the endangered Wandering Albatross
Depending on the season you may also see and experience: -
- migrating Humpback Whales
- Pilot Whales
- Blue Whales
- Southern Right Whales
Kaikõura is home to the worlds smallest and rarest marine dolphin - the Hector's. Kaikõura 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.
Your family will be amazed to see up close and personal these spectacular creatures in their own environment, all from the comfort of our specially designed catamaran boat that has been purpose built for whale watching. Our boats engines minimize underwater noise too and have been fitted with an internal propeller so the risk of a propeller strike of these amazing mammals is completely eliminated. Our main passenger cabin is enclosed and the outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities for all onboard the vessel.
Tour check-in times all year are: - 7:15am - 10:00am - 12:45pm.
An extra tour is scheduled at 3:30pm from November to March.
Whale Watch operate tours every day (weather permitting), excluding Christmas Day.
Interested in the Kaikõura Marine Combo, where you can have your experience on, above and below the water. Click here for more information.
To round off your experience either before or after your tour, check out Flukes Cafe for a chance to refuel the kids and enjoy a cuppa and some daily blackboard specials. Situated right on the sea front, this place offers a relaxed atmosphere with the best views in town.
Plus there is a great little playground complete with slides, swings and climbing frames for the kids to enjoy that's right on the beach!
Whale Watch Gift Shop
Take some of the magic home with you. Whale Watch offer a unique selection of toys, clothing, books, posters, postcards, jewellery and souvenirs.