Recent Sightings - what have you seen?

  • It's the weekend
    It's the weekend
  • Busy day whale watching
    Busy day whale watching
  • 3 semi-resident sperm whales
    3 semi-resident sperm whales
  • Fantastic Friday
    Fantastic Friday
  • Beautiful day whale watching
    Beautiful day whale watching
  • Glorious day whale watching
    Glorious day whale watching
  • Semi-resident sperm whale Holy Moly
    Semi-resident sperm whale Holy Moly
  • Ended up with a windy afternoon
    Ended up with a windy afternoon
  • Beautiful calm day out at sea
    Beautiful calm day out at sea
  • Windy day in Kaikoura
    Windy day in Kaikoura
  • Awesome day out at sea
    Awesome day out at sea
  • Great Friday whale watching
    Great Friday whale watching
  • Great day whale watching
    Great day whale watching
  • Drizzly start sunny end in Kaikoura
    Drizzly start sunny end in Kaikoura
  • 3 semi-resident sperm whales
    3 semi-resident sperm whales
  • Great day watching whales
    Great day watching whales
  • Fresh snow in January
    Fresh snow in January
  • Semi-resident sperm whale Tiaki
    Semi-resident sperm whale Tiaki
  • Tiaki and Holy Moly
    Tiaki and Holy Moly
  • Semi-resident sperm whale Tiaki
    Semi-resident sperm whale Tiaki
  • Windy start to the day
    Windy start to the day
  • Semi-resident sperm whale MatiMati
    Semi-resident sperm whale MatiMati
  • Much welcomed cooler day in Kaikoura
    Much welcomed cooler day in Kaikoura
  • Happy New Year 2014
    Happy New Year 2014
  • Foggy start but stunning afternoon in Kaikoura
    Foggy start but stunning afternoon in Kaikoura

Recent Sightings

Winter in Kaikoura

Tuesday 22nd July 2014


We have had some very winter like conditions over the last couple of days with lots of wind / rain and pretty stuff up on the mountains (today's pic was taken earlier this morning). We have not sailed the last two days with rough sea conditions but are hoping the weather starts to settle down along with the sea conditions... Keep warm!

Winter has arrived

Thursday 17th July 2014


We awoke to a beautiful sight with snow down low on the Kaikoura ranges which is always a beautiful sight although it is rather chilly... Our morning tours were cancelled with conditions improving as the day went on and our afternoon tours heading out and being successful. Keep warm and take care on the roads.

Tiaki, Tutu and Manu

Friday 11 July 2014


We have been having some great trips out whale watching this week with semi-resident sperm whales - Tiaki, Tutu and Manu feeding close inshore. We have also been fortunate enough to view some large pods of dusky dolphins, smaller pods of hectors dolphins, NZ fur seals and many species of marine birds as well. Winter time sure is a great time to come whale watching!

Great few days (before the storm)

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

We have had a very successful few days in Kaikoura with between 2-4 Sperm Whales being located on a daily basis not too far from home along with NZ Fur Seals, plenty of Pelagic Seabirds such as the Albatross and Dolphins as time and opportunity has permitted given they have been feeding further to the south in recent days. Very wintery today so not much happening out at sea but we are hoping to be out there again soon.

Tiaki and Manu

Thursday 26th June 2014

After a windy day yesterday its been a great day today. Captain Rex has located 3 Sperm Whales around 8 miles from home which includes two semi-resident whales Tiaki and Manu, unfortunately the main pod of Dolphins is a long way to the South but we have been keeping an eye out for any scattered groups closer to home. Dont forget about our Whale Watching School Holiday Special Find out more here!

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