Whale-watching cruise in Kaikoura


Gain an insight into the environment with scientific information and indigenous knowledge about these creatures from the crew. Passenger numbers are kept well below the vessel’s capacity to ensure a more personal experience.


Enjoy a unique whale watching experience off the South Island of New Zealand. Experience a close encounter with the largest toothed predator in the world, the sperm whale. Keep an eye out for other wildlife, including seals, dolphins and birds.

  • Enjoy close encounters with a giant sperm whale.
  • See dolphins, seals and wandering albatrosses.
  • Admire the stunning view of the mountainous coastline.


  • 2-hour cruise
  • Narration by expert crew
  • Award-winning animation
  • Food and drinks

Tour Plan

What To Expect

Set sail on a catamaran equipped with engines that minimize underwater noise and non-polluting toilets. Enjoy the view from the large outdoor decks or stay in the air-conditioned interiors with comfortable seating and plasma screens with marine life animations.

Meeting point

The local partner’s office, Whale Watch Kaikōura.

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Additional Info
  • The minimum age is three years, although this depends on the sea and weather when the guest stays.
  • Please note that good weather is necessary for the trip. After booking, the local partner will send you an email confirming your exact tour time.
  • Please note that depending on availability, the tour time you request may differ from the tour time you receive.
  • If you are prone to motion sickness, it is recommended to take precautions before going to the office; you can buy tablets against motion sickness there.
  • It is recommended to allow three hours and fifteen minutes for the entire experience, which includes check-in, safety briefing and bus transfers. The total time spent on the water is just over two hours.
  • Smoking is not allowed.
  • Children under 3 years is not suitable for this trip.
  • Wheelchair accessible.
  • Live tour guide : English.
Cancellation Policy

To receive a full refund, cancel up to 24 hours in advance.


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