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Address: Railway Station Road | The Whaleway Station, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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+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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So glad they are back in business

We booked our trip months ago prior to the earthquake and after months of uncertainty they are finally back in business albeit with a reduced number of daily trips so book early... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Sparky8167
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Darlington, South Carolina
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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Due to bad weather, our WW was cancelled. We were able to get on the next day at 6:45 a.m. NOT the best hour, but why not. The good: shuttle bus from office to the boat; 2) nice, friendly staff; 3) nice boat. The not so good: 1) after sailing for over an hour and half, we saw nothing. Then... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Business website said open for business during the Christmas period. Of course there had been an earthquake so silt shift in the boats port had moved and prevented boats from launching. Me and my partner travelled from Australia and then to kaikoura to go whale watching. Very misleading information resulted in a lot of additional costs in a country that... More 

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Darlington, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We booked our trip months ago prior to the earthquake and after months of uncertainty they are finally back in business albeit with a reduced number of daily trips so book early to avoid disappointment. However if you get to go out with them it is an amazing experience. They have an in depth knowledge of the area and we... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Booked in September 2016 to do the Whale Watching tour via boat. I have to say it was great, from the start to the finish, the staff were very knowledgeable. They gave you plenty of notice, when you needed to go on deck & told you where look for the whales. We were very luck, we not only saw two... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Fun even though we didn't get to see any whales during our outing. Refund came through smoothly and we will try again next time. Also, they make a really big deal about what to do if you get seasick - as in, they repeat it enough that it almost makes you question if you actually get seasick even though you... More 

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Tarporley
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A really well organised whale watch experience. We were well briefed, they catered for people who get sea sick and know so much about what they are seeing. The boat only takes 48 people so you are not competing for space to see the whales. We were very lucky and saw one whale twice for the full time it was... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

You will need to wake up very early, and you might not go on your tour if the sea is too rough. And even if you go, you are not guaranteed to see any whale. The Nature rules here. Nevertheless, if you get the chance to board, this will be a nice experience. We went Whale watch in November 2005.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most memorable things I have done. Clear sunny skies, comfy boat and super friendly staff. Expectancy Management - We were told very clearly at the start that we might see whales and we might not so we tried not to get too excited. On the way out we encountered a bunch of Orcas (killer whales) that stayed... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are at the moment only three trips per day, so must be booked in advance. It is like a lottery - the tour might be cancelled in the last minute because of a rough sea. As the following tours are usually fully booked as well, they will put you on a waiting list with a little chance to go... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were there just 3-4 days before the earthquake. The sea was very rough. More than 75% of the passengers were throwing up. Became very smelly and suffocating. No whales were seen.On the positive side the coastline with the background of the mountains was worth the trip. Special praise to the staff who were very patient in handling all the... More 

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