Recent Sightings

We Love Whale Watching

It really is so special to be able to take our guests out and show them a 'whale of a time'.

A sperm whale named Whero

Recently we have been sighting a sperm whale that has a reddish tinge to his skin. With this in mind crew have started to call him Whero which is Māori for red.

Kaikoura - Marine Life Mecca

Every now and then I am fortunate enough to be able to get out from behind my desk and head out to see whale watching. Yesterday was one such occasion.

Semi-resident sperm whale - Tutu

We had quite a few of our semi-resident sperm whales feeding in the canyon this month, examples being: Tutu, MatiMati, Manu, Tiaki and Saddleback.

Bottlenose Dolphins

It is not very common for us to see bottlenose dolphins on a regular basis off the Kaikoura coast however recently we had a pod of them along with some...

Unusual behavior of the sperm whale kind

Generally sperm whales are on the surface for around 10-15 mins taking in a new supply of oxygen as well as digesting their food and having a bit of a...

Pilot Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins

It has been a great start to the year with not only sperm whales feeding close inshore but we have also had a pod of pilot whales and bottlenose dolphins...

Happy New Year

We have been having some fantastic tours out at sea with 3-4 semi-resident sperm whales feeding in the canyon.

Merry Christmas from the team at Whale Watch Kaikoura

It seems we had a very jolly visitor to our marina yesterday, stopping by to wish our manuhiri (guests) a very Merry Christmas. 

Tiaki, Jonah and Aoraki

We currently have three semi-resident sperm whales feeding close inshore - Tiaki, Jonah and Aoraki.

Semi-resident sperm whale - Jonah

Over the last couple of months we have been watching this incredibly beautiful whale on our tours.

Semi-resident sperm whales are back

We have had three of our semi-resident sperm whales move back into the Kaikoura canyon - Tutu, MatiMati and Tiaki after a few months of feeding further offshore.

Wonderful day for whale watching

We are having such beautiful weather in Kaikoura with warm temperatures and calm seas to go with it. Today's tours we have been sighting sperm whales, dusky dolphins, Nz fur seals and marine birds. We have also been seeing Hector's dolphins playing out the front of our office.

Windy day in Kaikoura

We have had a very windy day in Kaikoura which unfortunately made for very rough sea conditions which meant we were unable to sail today. We are hoping that the wind calms down overnight and that we are back out there tomorrow. Have a good weekend. Picture featured was taking during sunset last night.

Orca pay Kaikoura a visit

Another spectacular day in Kaikoura with sperm whale activity close inshore, dusky dolphins along the coastline and even a pod of Orca paying us a visit. Such a wonderful time of the year to come whale watching.

Sperm whales in close today

We have had sperm whale activity close inshore over the last few days which is wonderful.

Windy afternoon in Kaikoura

We were able to get our first two rounds of tours out today before the forecast wind from the NE arrived.

Rain, wind and hail

It has been an all seasons type of day in Kaikoura with sunshine, rain, hail and wind all in one. Our first round of tours sailed but we ended up canceling the rest of the day due to rough seas offshore. Hoping things calm down overnight and we are back out there tomorrow.

Foggy start to the day

We had a very foggy start to the day in Kaikoura. Our tours were able to head out in search of whales this morning but unfortunately the whales were feeding...

Sperm whales

We have had a great couple of days out at sea with sperm whales feeding between 8 - 12 miles offshore.