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Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

Kaikoura, New Zealand

Experience one of New Zealand's most popular tourist attractions with a Kaikōura whale watching tour discount

DurationApprox. 3 Hours
Start & End Time
Start & End TimeVarious
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-OffNot Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age3+
Start & End Location
Start & End LocationKaikōura
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Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour Highlights

  • Get up to $15 cash back per person when you book with us

  • Join one of New Zealand's best whale watching tours

  • 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale

  • Possible dolphin and New Zealand fur seal sightings

  • Onboard 'World of the Whales' visual presentation


Please note: Bookings are on request and available departure times may vary. Our team will be in contact within 72 hours should a tour time not be available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the age limit on this tour?

Children under 3 years are not permitted on the tour.

All year: 7:15am, 10am, 12:45pm & 3.::0pm (Nov-Mar)—Please note that these are check-in times only - please do not come earlier than the times specified.

Tour scheduling is subject to customer demand, please note that check-in times do not indicate when the actual tour departs but when check-in procedures begin.


Whale Watch operate tours every day (weather permitting) excluding Christmas Day. Tour check-in occurs at the Whaleway Station (Whale Watch Office).

All children between 3 and 15 years old (inclusive) apply to the child rate

Yes. If the sea conditions are suitable, The Operator is able to take wheel chair passengers with us, however there are times when captains may place a mobility restriction on tours if they deem sea conditions unsuitable. See here for further details on Wheel Chair Accessibility

Whale Watch Kaikōura has a Gold Trax Seal of Approval. The Trax Seal of Approval is New Zealand’s benchmark of Adaptive Adventure Travel & Inclusive Tourism. Find other inclusive tourism operators in New Zealand here

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Typically you'll see 1-2 whales per tour.  Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikōura often hosts Orca especially during summer months. Kaikōura is also home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hectors. Kaikōura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrels and 7 types of Shearwater. If your Whale Watch tour does not see a whale, The Operator will refund 80% of your fare.

Please note that during the months of Nov - Mar there is a rest period in place for viewing of the Dusky Dolphins between the hours of 11:30am to 1:30pm. This is mandatory for all vessels and has been put in place by the Department of Conservation, this restricts viewing of dolphins on tours during these times. 

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Tour Operator

Whale Watch Kaikoura
The Whaleway Station Whaleway Road, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand