Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company operating year round. We offer visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.
Kaikoura's resident Sperm Whales are the largest living carnivore - equivalent in size to four elephants. They share their unique world with a host of other whale and dolphin species, seals and albatross - all regular sightings aboard Whale Watch tours.
Designed specially for whale watching, our modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and 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.
Whale Watch is committed to providing a quality whale watching experience while carefully managing the use of a rare natural resource. As a Maori-owned company, Whale Watch cherishes the twin values of hospitality to visitors and reverence for the natural world. It is a philosophy that embraces people, the land, the sea and all living things as one.
Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early. Daily tours leave at 7.15am, 10.00am and 12.45pm. An extra tour is scheduled at 3.30pm from November to March.