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Southern right whales / Tohorā

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Southern right whales can be found in the Southern Hemisphere, mainly between 20° and 55° South. They used to be common around mainland New Zealand but due to extensive whaling they are now a rarity.

Giant Petrels

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The giant petrels are known as the vultures of the Southern Ocean and can be seen scavenging off the coast in Kaikōura. These petrels are a pelagic (oceanic) species of bird. They are the largest of the petrels and there are two different species. The most common species that we see in Kaikōura is the northern giant petrel which can be seen here all year round. Once the winter months arrive we also see the southern giant petrel.

Winter Whale Watching

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Quite often we are asked “when is the best time of year to go whale watching”? Short answer, all year round!!!

Common Dolphins

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In Kaikōura, the common dolphins are not as common as the name suggests. They mainly come to visit our coastline in the summer months.

Kaikōura Canyon

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What is the reason we get such an abundance of marine wildlife here in Kaikōura?  We have a deep submarine canyon situated close to shore and major currents merge into this canyon and it produces a highly productive underwater system.

5 Reasons to visit Kaikōura

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Where mountains meet the sea. The picturesque views of the blue waters meeting the mountains is unique to Kaikōura.

Blue penguin/Kororā

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Growing to 33 cm and weighing only 1 kg the little blue penguin is the smallest penguin in the world. They are the most common penguin to be seen along the New Zealand coastline and surrounding islands.

Westland Petrel

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Fully grown Westland petrels can reach 55cm in length and can weigh up 1.5kg. They only breed in an 8km wide strip of forested foothills close to Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island.

Best time to come Whale Watching

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A question I get asked often is “When is the best time to come whale watching?” My first answer would be “Every day is a good day to come whale watching” after all we have sperm whale feeding off our coastline all year round.

Marine Bird Spotlight - Albatross

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Along with the amazing marine mammals we encounter in the Kaikōura area, we are privileged to see many other taonga (treasured) species. New Zealand is the seabird capital of the world. 

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WE ARE OPEN!!

Daily between 0900-1530 we are open for business. Our tours are operating (weather permitting and minimum passenger numbers achieved) under Alert Level 2 Guidelines.

  1. If you are unwell, have been to a place of interest in the last 14-days or are awaiting a covid test please stay home.
  2. Contact tracing is required so we ask you to scan in with the covid tracer app or use the manual sign-in option provided.
  3. We ask that you adhere to a minimum of 1m physical distancing.
  4. Tour capacity has been reduced to 24 passengers to support physical distancing.
  5. We ask that you wear a face covering.
  6. Our cleaning procedures have been enhanced and hand sanitizer is available.
  7. We ask that you listen to all instructions provided by our team and please be patient.

We look forward to welcoming you back.

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The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura