Recent Sightings

A Look Back Over 2 Weeks Of Whale Watching

We have been back operating our tours commercially 2 weeks today! Over the last 14 days we have seen a wide variety of marine life which just goes to show...

Our 1st Whale Watching Trip Post Earthquake - 2nd Jan 2017

Wahoo... We were able to go whale watching this morning with our first commercial tour since the 14th November 2016.

Two Blue Whales kind of day!

Yesterday we were treated to not one but two blue whales out on our tours. We couldn't believer our luck to see two of the world's largest creatures on our tours.

Humpback Whale Migration

It is that time of the year where we start to see Humpback Whales migrating through on their way to the warmer waters for winter.

Kaikoura is so beautiful

I am pretty sure that I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world. Kaikoura - where the mountains meets the sea!

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.

Kia Ora Friends

***WHALE WATCH KAIKOURA UPDATE***

It is fantastic being back out on the water with successful tours, fantastic sightings along with many happy passengers and crew alike. Over the last week we have been able to see sperm whales, dusky dolphins, Hector’s dolphins, NZ fur seals, marine birds. 

We are currently switching between using a berth and our modified trailer unit for launching our vessel Tohorā in the Kaikōura Marina, this is due to tidal restrictions and repair work that is taking place post-earthquake following the uplift of the coastline by +1.0m. Launching from the trailer is how we loaded our passengers in the old days of whale watching.

Please note that post-earthquake, available tour times are now based around the tide times on the day and may differ from the tour times originally advertised. For an update on the tour times available please contact our Customer Service team directly either by email on res@whalewatch.co.nz or phone +64 3 319 6767 or free phone 0800 655 121 (within NZ) and they will be able to help you with your inquiry. We are operating at a reduced capacity in the interim with up to 3 tours operating per day, please contact our team prior to arriving in Kaikōura to secure a space on one of our tours and to save disappointment.

Our Customer Service team are ready to take your calls or answer your emails. They are available from 7am daily.

Our gift shop is also open 9am – 3pm. There are many fantastic marine & local based products available both in store and online BUY ONLINE TODAY

Flukes Café is also open from 9am – 3pm with fresh baking, great coffee, friendly service and stunning views on offer.

Kaikōura Business Update:

Transport Update:

Please note there are speed restrictions in place for both road accesses. (All subject to weather conditions, slips, repair work and seismic activity). Updates available from the NZTA WEBSITE.

Intercity has also re-introduced daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch, timings as follows:        

8728      Departs Christchurch     07:00          Arrives Kaikōura  09:40
8727      Departs Kaikōura          15:50         Arrives Christchurch 18:25

Please visit their website for more details and trip bookings INTERCITY BUS SERVICE

Again our team appreciate your continued support over the last 2 months,

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura