Kaikoura is renowned as the Whale watching capital of New Zealand. with Sperm Whales being able to be viewed all year round.
Our modern fleet of vessel’s are specifically designed for whale watching, with comfortable interior seating for passengers whilst travelling and spacious outside viewing decks which offer great viewing of the whales and lots of photo opportunities.
Whale watching tours are around 2.5 hours on the water, with each trip being a unique experience and sightings of whales and dolphins can vary on each trip, our giant sperm whales are always the star attraction and are present all year round. On this tour you may also see New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins, Wandering Albatross and depending on the season several other species of whale may be seen as they pass by our coastline on their migratory route. These include Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.
Other species that visit our coastline are the world’s largest dolphin the ‘Orca’, and also the world’s rarest dolphin the ‘Hector’s Dolphin’.
Whale Watch vessels are crewed by a professional friendly team of skippers and guides that have a 95% success rate of finding whales to view and are very experienced in interacting with the local Sperm Whales. They have expert knowledge of Kaikoura’s sea conditions and are fully trained in all aspects of safety. Passenger comfort and safety are always our priority.
Please note that available tour times are now based around the tide times on the day and may differ from the tour times originally advertised.