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Whale Watch monitors the latest public health advice and adapts operations accordingly.

We remain open under all the traffic lights of the Covid19 Protection Framework.

Key Themes:

  1. If you are unwell, are a positive case or a house hold contact please stay home.
  2. We strongly encourage you to wear a suitable face covering.
  3. Face coverings will be mandatory (unless exempt) on our buses and small passenger service vehicles.  
  4. Our cleaning procedures have been enhanced and hand sanitizer is available.
  5. We ask that you please listen to all instructions provided to you by our team, please be patient and kind.

Covid19 Protection Framework 

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Whale Watching tours operate every day except Christmas Day 

Whale Watch ® Kaikōura is New Zealand’s ultimate year round nature experience offering visitors exciting close encounters with Giant Sperm Whales. An impressive 95% success rate means that you are guaranteed an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. The minimum age limit for children traveling on a Whale Watch tour is 3yrs+. See our Child Policy for further details. Due to popularity, advanced bookings are essential.

Tour times mentioned below are check-in times only, there is no need to be with us any earlier than your stated tour time to check-in.

Captain’s Cabin - Looking for greater comfort and exclusivity? The Captain’s Cabin is situated in the wheelhouse alongside the captain and watch keeper. This cabin provides our guests with exclusive access to the captain as they go about their duties as well as a dedicated tour host for the duration of the tour.

Ocean CabinThe main passenger cabin is enclosed and large outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display our award-winning marine wildlife animations. Passenger numbers for each tour are kept well below our vessel carrying capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one.

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