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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.  

Oceania Responsible Tourism Award 2019 Nominee - Please Vote

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We have some great news to share – Whale Watch Kaikōura has been nominated in this year’s World Travel Awards under the Oceania section for the Responsible Tourism Award 2019.

Hutton's Shearwaters FlySafe Campaign

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During March and April, there is a call for those in Kaikōura to help Hutton’s Shearwater fledglings to reach the sea safely. Learn how you can help.

Kaikōura’s Commitment to Sustainability

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It's Seaweek here in New Zealand and we thought we'd showcase our commitment to sustainability. This year's theme is is “Tiakina o Tātou Mōana – Care for our Seas”.  Find out how Whale Watch and Kaikōura as a community look after our ocean and its precious marine life. 

Marine Mammal Spotlight - Pilot Whales

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It is during our summer months that we tend to see Pilot Whales passing through Kaikōura waters, recently we had a pod pass through that has a new born calf with them, being able to tell by the birth rings still evident on its body.

How do Sperm Whales communicate?

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The ability to produce and perceive sound is important for whales – to navigate, find food, and also communicate.

Toothed whales such as the sperm whale use echolocation to hunt their prey. They send out high frequency clicks then listen for their echo as they bounce back from objects – like their next meal!

When is the best time to come whale watching?

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Even though Sperm whales can be found in Kaikōura all year round, when is the best time to go whale watching? Our answer? Every day is a good day to watch whales, but some times of the year offer better opportunities than others.

Orca in June!

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Generally we sight orca off the Kaikōura coastline between the months of November to March, our summer months. However today (officially the first day of winter) we sighted a pod of orca out on one our morning tours. 

A Look Back Over January 2018

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An epic start to 2018 we've had here at Whale Watch Kaikoura, the amount and variety of marine life out in the Canyon that we have encountered has been remarkable. 6 species of whales were seen this month! Take a look at some of our favourite encounters this month.

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Kia Ora

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

Key Themes:

  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 wear a face covering.
  4. Our cleaning procedures have been enhanced and hand sanitizer is available.
  5. We ask that you listen to all instructions provided by our team, please be patient and kind.

Vaccination Mandates - The Vaccine Pass - Covid19 Protection Framework

From Friday 3rd December 2021 all customers to Whale Watch will be required to present a valid New Zealand Government vaccine pass as part of the New Zealand Governments Covid19 Protection Framework to travel on our tours and enter our premises unless they are exempt.

You are exempt if;

  1. You are ineligible for vaccination.
  2. Children under 12-years and 3-months of age.
  3. People who are clinically exempted.

Please note: You may also be required to show a valid form of ID in the form of a current New Zealand drivers license, Passport or 18+ Kiwi Access Card to validate your ID. Please ensure you have one of these options readily available upon request.

The message from the New Zealand Government is clear. To enjoy the full life everyone in New Zealand deserves, get vaccinated today. If you are already vaccinated, do your best to help your friends and family get their vaccinations so we can all enjoy life within the new system. 

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Should you have any concerns or questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Support Services team.