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Pilot Whales

In New Zealand we encounter long-finned pilot whales which prefer temperate waters and can be found around the country all year around. The male pilot whales can grow over 6 metres in length and the females grow to about 5 metres.

New Zealand Fur Seal / Kekeno

The Kekeno is the most common seal in New Zealand and their numbers are estimated to be over 200,000 seals. They prefer rocky shore lines and we have plenty of that here in Kaikōura which makes this the perfect place for the New Zealand fur seal. We often see them out on our tours while they are out foraging for food in the Kaikōura canyon.

Hector’s Dolphins / Tutumairekurai

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The Hector’s dolphin is endemic to New Zealand and is one of the smallest dolphins in the world! They reach a maximum length of 1.5 meters.

Unique tail of a whale

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Whale Watch has been working closely with researchers from the University of Otago in Dunedin in order to learn more about the individual sperm whales sighted in Kaikōura.

Big baleen whale invasion

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As we head into the warmer months, it’s now the time we start to see a lot more of the marine giants come into Kaikōura.

“Horo” the Humpback Whale

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Kaikōura is a home to semi-resident sperm whales but it is also a place that humpback whales like to repeatedly visit too!

One case in particular is a famous humpback amongst our sea crew, known as “Horo”.

Marine Mammal Spotlight - Dusky Dolphins

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Not only do we have the sperm whale off our coastline all year round but Kaikōura is also home to the resident dusky dolphin. On our tours we have around a 50/50 chance of viewing dolphins if time allows and if they are not feeding too far from where we are viewing whales.

Recent Visitors to Kaikōura

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While the Sperm Whale calls Kaikōura home and the main focus when we head out on our tours we at times come across other species of whales and dolphins as they are passing through these waters, in fact up to 14 other species can be sighted of the Kaikōura Coastline throughout the year!

The Giant Sperm Whale

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Did you know it is the Giant Sperm Whale that we see off the Kaikōura coastline all year round? Being the largest of the toothed cetaceans they can measure in at up to 20 metres in length and weigh in at around 60 tonne in weight!

Finalist for the Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards 2019

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We love what we do. Being announced as a finalist in this year's Qualmark 100% Pure New Zealand Experience Awards is such an honour.  

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  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.
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  3. We ask that you adhere to a minimum of 1m physical distancing.
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The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura