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Address: Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Phone Number: +64 3-319 6767
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's...

"THE ULTIMATE MARINE EXPERIENCE" Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine based Whale watching company offering exciting up-close encounter with the world's largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year, our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.

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Very well organised

We were there just 4 days before the earthquake and like other recent reviewers, didn't see whales, but did see pilot whales, dolphins, seals, albatross, so not overly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were there just 4 days before the earthquake and like other recent reviewers, didn't see whales, but did see pilot whales, dolphins, seals, albatross, so not overly disappointed. A very slick and well-run experience and was impressed that we were promptly offered a partial refund without even being asked or prompted. I feel very sorry for the many workers... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I've been on several whale watches, but the setting here was particularly great. You're not just looking at a Sperm Whale, you're looking at a Sperm Whale in front of jaw-dropping mountain scenery. The marine canyon off of Kaikoura is one of only three like it in the world, so this is a very unique environment. I was very impressed... More 

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Ferndown, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent and exciting experience. It is well-organised and great consideration is given by the friendly crew to ensure that everyone on board has a good view of the whales and is able to take photos. There are informative talks and constant updates as to where the whales might be and whether they have found them yet. A... More 

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw bottle nosed dolphins and pilot whales which was a fantastic experience! Unfortunately, on the way back Other passengers and myself got sea sick several times which was not a pleasant experience (never been sea sick before!). There was a warning that sea sickness was a possibility so just be prepared (they do provide sick bags). Even with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent organized staff. Very professional and efficient. We were there one week before the earthquake and there were no sperm whales in the area. They warned us ahead of time. But we saw tons of pilot whales, dolphins, albatross and some seals.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the reasons my wife and I went to New Zealand was to see whales, we were not disappointed. We actually could not go out on the boat on our booked day due to foul weather, but luckily got a cancellation the next morning. The Whaleway station itself was spacious and inviting, and has plenty of free parking for... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Kaikoura is the place to see the wildlife of NZ. On this outing not only did we see a sperm whale but dolphins, albatross, a giant petrel and more! The slideshow is very informative and also helps to distract you from the rocking motion of the boat, which can at times be a bit much. Definitely recommend

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have done a couple of whale watching excursions in other country's but this is by far the best. It was very organised and friendly, they also seem to work really well with the flights and have a high rate of seeing whales. We actually got to see a male sperm whale (of which there are many here all year... More 

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Beccles, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Booked in early morning but despite sunny weather trip to look for whales cancelled due to stormy seas. Rebooked for next day and took the trip despite warnings of seasickness. Took pill beforehand and was pleased I had - lots of people were throwing up! The staff on the boat were informative and helpful. The earlier boat only glimpsed a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This tour is very well-run, offers a cushy boat, a knowledgeable guide and an informative lesson about whales and their habitat while you're motoring out and back. However, actually seeing the whales themselves isn't all that exciting: the sperm whales, at least, mostly just bob at the surface, inhaling oxygen while waiting for their next plunge into the sea. They... More 

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