Testimonials


 reimana - July 2017

Great trip we saw two sperm whales


 

Peter - July 2017

Very good I loved it was very pretty


Jamie - July 2017

We had a truly fantastic time encountering two sperm whales, Dusky dolphins and albatross and seals. Knowledgeable guides and fantastic banter. Beautiful scenery. Thanks so much


 

riley - June 2017

It was amazing. well done to u and u r team


 

charlotte oconnor - UK - April 2017

 absolutely outstanding, informative and awe inspiring absolute dream come true thank you


Caroline  Abrams - London - April 2017

Amazing trip. staff knowledgeable and helpful. Really interesting commentary. saw 2 whales close up. awesome,!


 

Ruben - Germany - March 2017

Thats what I came here all the way from Germany to NZ! Nice and gentle crew, nice boat and so far my best day in Aotearoa. Thank you so much for this unique experience.


 lee english - UK - March 2017

such a great experience. once in a lifetime trip. we saw so many animals marine life was out of this world. tour guides and staff were fantastic . namely Tu and willy so friendly. thank you.


 REES - UK - FEBRUARY 2017

Amazing trip. 3 sightings all very close up, got some brilliant photos. Excellent commentary and really helpful
crew.


VON DER BECKE - UK - FEBRUARY 2017

Awesome trip. Never to be forgotten.


ALICE - NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 2017

Excellent trip, far exceeded our expectations, great crew-really friendly and helpful, also really glad to see the amount of Maori involvement in the organisation, e.g. the greeting. Keep up the great work.


MARTLEW - UK - NOVEMBER 2016

We were most fortunate to see a Sperm whale. Our boat lingered a while so we saw it again, much better view this time. I found it quite an emotional experience rather than just a sighting. Then we saw an albatross land on the water - what a hilarious sight! From the beginning to the end the staff were great - lovely, helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. A lifetime experience. Great time.


PAGE - UK - NOVEMBER 2016

Amazing experience. Seeing a Sperm whale so close was incredible. Thanks to Haley and Allan for your extensive knowledge and updates.


GRAHAM - UK - NOVEMBER 2016

Fantastic experience. Safe, professional and very knowledgeable crew.


BEARD - UK - OCTOBER 2016

We did the inshore cruise, it was wonderful! 2 types of dolphin, albatross and seals. An amazing 2 hours. Thank you!


BONDUEL - BANGKOK - OCTOBER 2016

It was lovely to see dolphins, whales, birds and seals.


SPICER - NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 2016

Great fun. Seen a whale and a pod of Hectors Dolphins.


VALKENBURGVE - NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 2016

Well organised and very informative and entertaining. Thanks crew...


ABBOTT - UK - OCTOBER 2016

Had an excellent trip, the crew were professional, engaging, informative, enthusiastic and great fun. Great personalities! Thanks for a great experience!! :)


VAZ - CANADA - OCTOBER 2016

Amazing time and enjoyed the documentaries.


KEREHI - NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 2016

Thank you for the trip. I had fun watch whales and dolphins.


FRAZER FAMILY - NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 2016

Fantastic 5 and more. Well done team. Thank you so much for an awesome afternoon.


CRISTY - AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 2016

That was a fantastic tour. The guide was knowledgeable and great to listen to and the crew were so nice - especially to our seasick friend :( Well worth the money - and we saw 3 whales, dolphins and seals. Very happy! Thank you :)


BELCHER - NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 2016

Staff were fabulous. In particular Tu. Great commentary, friendly, very kiwi and some local humour thrown in there. I think he's a real asset to the company. Thanks for having us.


CULLUM - USA - SEPTEMBER 2016

Ella, Jimmy and the entire crew were amazing. Lots of fun.


MURRAY - NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 2016

Brilliant day and the sightings were magnificent.  Tour leader Tu was awesome and loved his commentary. Will definitely be back to do more watching’s.


HILLIER - ENGLAND - AUGUST 2016

We had the most fabulous trip today!! We saw 3 sperm whales, a heap of Dusky Dolphins and two Hector Dolphins! Thank you for a memorable trip!!


MURPHY - ENGLAND - AUGUST 2016

BRILLIANT!!!!!! Waited my whole life to see a whale and we got to see two sperm whales and three blue whales. Absolutely magical!! It was excellent to see them! Thank you & Kia Ora xx


NATHANEAL JO - NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2016

I think the whale was amazing.


ALYSHA - AUSTRALIA - JULY 2016

I loved the tour I am 9years old and I will come back again.


DYLAN - USA - JULY 2016

It was great we saw tons of sea life. The woman who explained everything to us was great.


KELLY - NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2016

It was amazing!


YOUNG - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

This tour was very beautiful, tour guides were friendly & knowledgeable! We were able to see two whales which exceeded our expectations!! Can't wait to be back again!!


CRAMPTON - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

Great time. Great friendly crew. I will definitely be back to do the experience again.


REID - USA - JUNE 2016

I like that I got to see all dolphins and 2 Sperm Whales.


LAGLEY - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

Great trip! We saw 3 whales, 2 Humpback Whales and 1 Sperm Whale. We saw the Sperm Whale 2 times and we also saw a pod of dolphins holding 6 dolphins. I would love to come back again. 


KAVIA - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

This tour was great, we saw 5 whales, 2 of which were Humpback (which we saw twice because they resurfaced) and the tour guides and drivers were great!!


HODGIN - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2016

Really good trip, it was my birthday so it made the day even more exciting! Thank you. 


JUMNAI - INDIA - MAY 2016

An awesome experience - would definitely recommend everyone to go on this trip at least once in their life time! 


HUTARSO - INDONESIA - MAY 2016

Super Amazing! We saw the sperm whale, Orca, and lots of dolphins. Really nice and amazing. Best day ever!


KOTHARI - INDIA - MAY 2016

Nice experience, one of a kind.


HYAA - USA - APRIL 2016

Good clean safe ship. Crew helpful and informative.


HAYES - AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2016

It was spectacular seeing the sperm whale and dolphins.


SUPBOONROD - THAILAND - APRIL 2016

The tour was fantastic. I really liked the fact that we were able to see many different species of marine life. It was certainly breath-taking when the whale dove back into the water. The boat was very clean and the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. This has been an amazing experience for my family and I.


MACKENZIE - SCOTLAND - MARCH 2016

Amazing experience. Staff certainly know their stuff! Many thanks.


CROCKFORD - NZ - MARCH 2016

Amazing! very friendly and knowledgeable staff, loved it. Thank  you


ADAMS - USA - MARCH 2016

Terrific tour saw three sperm whales and large number of dusky dolphins. Wonderful time.


SARAH - NZ - MARCH 2016

Awesome tour and awesome crew.


DEKKER - THE NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 2016

Beautiful sea trip with all the sea animals promised. The dream came true. THANKS


MORRIS - SINGAPORE - FEBRUARY 2016

Wonderful tour, great guides - i would definitely recommend to others.  Many thanks x


SANDERS - UK - FEBRUARY 2016

Excellent time, so happy to see the sperm whale plus friendly and knowledgeable staff. So glad I did it. Thank you


SHAW - UK - JANUARY 2016

Fabulous trip. Loved every moment


 SKINNER - NZ - JANUARY 2016

Amazing tour, brilliant team! 


JOANSON - SWEDEN - JANUARY 2016

Really good! Everything from booking to transfer-bus to whale watching was utterly professional and great! Thank you for a good time!! :)


 PRATIK - INDIA - JANUARY 2016

 A truly magical and a mesmerizing experience.


 RIMMINGTON - UK - JANUARY 2016

Brilliant experience, would love to be staying in Kaikoura longer to do it again. The crew were brilliant too, very knowledgeable and helpful.


 MURALI - INDIA - DECEMBER 2015

Was on the first trip of the day. Tremendous experience. One of the best of our lives. The energy of the crew was commendable . Would recommend to anyone who visits NZ.


WRIGHT - UK - DECEMBER 2015

Amazing experience! Very well run and informative! A must do!!!


McGIBBIN - AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 2015

This was an excellent tour! Very on time and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to friends.


VEIT - AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 2015

For us the most enjoyable tour we have take part and the money is very well spent. The presentation as well as the staff are invaluable to feeling special. Fantastic job :-)


MAKIN - UK - NOVEMBER 2015

Crew were very knowledgeable and managed to inform us of the whales, seal, albatross plus various other birds. Made a very enjoyable trip for us.


HOYER - GERMANY - NOVEMBER 2015

The team and tour was nice. They managed to show us a whale and a couple of dolphins. Very friendly team, we enjoyed the tour. Thanks


KILLEEN - IRELAND - NOVEMBER 2015

Really enjoyed the trip. Wonderful dolphins and friendly crew.


GIBBINS - FRANCE - NOVEMBER 2015

Wonderful experience with opportunity for great photos!!! Thanks


WILLIAMS - NZ - NOVEMBER 2015

Great time and good to see the whale. Crew were great and very informative. Thanks for the experience.


FLASZYNSKI - NZ - OCTOBER 2015

The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. The tour information on board was informative and interesting. The tour itself was stunningly wonderful. Thank you for the brilliant experience.


HAMBLING - UK - OCTOBER 2015

Absolutely amazing experience. Crew were great. Saw a sperm whales, seals, dolphins and albatross.


QUICK - AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 2015

Awesome experience! Thank you.


CLARK - NZ - SEPTEMBER 2015

Fantastic experience. Great staff at the base and on the boat. Thank you all.


PROSSER - UK - AUGUST 2015

Absolutely amazing and very informative. Fab staff. Thank you.


CELINE - NZ - AUGUST 2015

Excellent cruise. Great team on the boat. No time to be bored as continuosly entertained and informed on what to see in the surroundings. I think more kiwis need to take advantage of this opportunity. Great overall experience.


JAMILAH - SINGAPORE - JULY 2015

It was an awesome experience to see not one or two, but four whales = a pair at the same time even. The crew were knowledgeable and friendly. Unforgettable experience, recommended for all.


CHRISTENSEN - NZ - JULY 2015

Fantastic experience, the crew were awesome.

Even though we’re still in the last month of Winter, it’s starting to feel more and more like Spring! It was a cracker weekend here in Kaikōura with amazing sea conditions and picture perfect days to go along with it.

This week we saw semi-residential whales Tiaki, Matimati, Tutu and Aoraki as well as some visiting Sperm Whales to our region. It’s so encouraging to see these whales returning to our region time and time again as they are always our favourites to see out on the water.

Four Humpback Whales were seen on our tours this week. September marks the end of their annual migration, so it’s not too long until we stop seeing the most acrobatic whales on the planet on our tours completely until next year’s journey takes them back through Kaikōura waters again.

Wednesday’s tour got to see a pod of 300 Dusky Dolphins playing with a Giant Warty Squid, also known as the Longarm Octopus Squid. These squid grow up to two meters in length and are a staple part of the Sperm Whale’s diet. A truly spectacular sight to see!

We currently have an end of winter sale on at our Retail Store at the moment, a whopping 25% off all hoodies, jackets and merino items! We need to make room for new summer stock, so head over to our online store to get your hands on some winter goodies.

REGULAR, SCHEDULED CLOSURES OF STATE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF KAIKOURA

There is a possibility of short delays and it will be 30km/hour through parts of the route. Inland Route 70 remains open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

As we enter into the cooler winter months it is a good reminder to take extra care on the roads and to check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling.

Progress is continuing to be made on the repair of the Kaikōura Marina, with the modified trailer and public jetty now being used for launching our vessel Tohora. This is due to tidal restrictions and repair work as a result of the coastline lifting by +1.0m. All our berths have now been removed. This is an end of an era but we are excited to see our new and improved marina once it is completed! The use of the modified trailer and public jetty will continue until further notice. It is anticipated that the Kaikōura Marina will be fully restored in October 2017. Below is a graphic (indicative only) of what is being restored at the marina.

Currently our available tour times are based around the tide times on the day and may differ from the tour times originally advertised, please bear with us as we continue to work toward being fully operational again. For an update on the tour times available, please contact our Customer Service team directly either by email on res@whalewatch.co.nz, phone +64 3 319 6767 or free phone 0800 655 121 (within NZ) and they will be able to help you with your inquiry.  Please note we are operating at a reduced capacity in the interim with up to 3 tours available per day. Please contact our team prior to arriving in Kaikōura to secure a space on one of our tours and to save disappointment.

KAIKOURA BUSINESS UPDATE

Kaikōura is open for business. For latest updates on accommodation, restaurant and retail information please contact the team at the Kaikōura I-Site who will be able to help you find what suits your needs during your stay in Kaikōura. 

TRANSPORT UPDATE

IntercityHasslefree Tours & Canterbury Leisure Tours have daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch, as well as Kiwi Experience now having the option of a day tour out of Christchurch for their travellers.

Progress on the work being done on roads (along with harbour repairs) can be found on this dedicated KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE page provided by the team at NZTA. This page is updated weekly on Friday. Work is also starting to take place on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura.