Whale Watch is New Zealand’s only marine-based whale watching company operating year round. It offers visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale. Its 95 percent success rate means it guarantees an 80 percent refund if your tour does not see a whale.
Whale Watch is located in the town of Kaikoura, a scenic 2.5-hour drive north of Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island.
Kaikoura’s resident Sperm Whales 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, the company’s 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.
Situated right on the seafront, Flukes Cafe offers a relaxed atmosphere with one of the best views in town. Flukes’ breakfast and brunch menu is on offer all day. Here you can enjoy a cup of freshly made coffee or selection of treats either before or after your tour.
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.
Tours are scheduled at 7.15am, 10am and 12.45pm daily with an additional tour at 3.30pm in the summer months (November to March). Adverse sea conditions can cause cancellations.