Testimonials

 


 

 

Samantha H - September

it was great

 


 

 

Jahn - September

Great trip with fantastic crew and presentations. Seeing 2 whale made this trip a perfect experience.

 


 

Elliott - August

Amazing experience with different marine life encounters. A highlight of our trip, thank you

 


 

Michael - August

absolutely brilliant, the entire experience was brilliant! highly recommend it !

 


 

D- August 2017

amazing experience, staff superb, saw 3 whales, dolphins and seals. We could not have been happier, thank you very much indeed


 

REIMANA - JULY 2017

Great trip we saw two sperm whales


PETER - JULY 2017

Very good I loved it was very pretty


JAMIE - JULY 2017

We had a truly fantastic time encountering two sperm whales, Dusky dolphins and albatross and seals. Knowledgeable guides and fantastic banter. Beautiful scenery. Thanks so much


RILEY - JUNE 2017

It was amazing. well done to u and u r team


O'CONNOR- UK - APRIL 2017

Absolutely outstanding, informative and awe inspiring absolute dream come true thank you


ABRAMS - LONDON - APRIL 2017

Amazing trip. staff knowledgeable and helpful. Really interesting commentary. saw 2 whales close up. awesome,!


RUBEN - GERMANY - MARCH 2017

Thats what I came here all the way from Germany to NZ! Nice and gentle crew, nice boat and so far my best day in Aotearoa. Thank you so much for this unique experience.


ENGLISH - UK - MARCH 2017

Such a great experience. once in a lifetime trip. we saw so many animals marine life was out of this world. tour guides and staff were fantastic . namely Tu and willy so friendly. thank you.


REES - UK - FEBRUARY 2017

Amazing trip. 3 sightings all very close up, got some brilliant photos. Excellent commentary and really helpful
crew.


VON DER BECKE - UK - FEBRUARY 2017

Awesome trip. Never to be forgotten.


ALICE - NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 2017

Excellent trip, far exceeded our expectations, great crew-really friendly and helpful, also really glad to see the amount of Maori involvement in the organisation, e.g. the greeting. Keep up the great work.


MARTLEW - UK - NOVEMBER 2016

We were most fortunate to see a Sperm whale. Our boat lingered a while so we saw it again, much better view this time. I found it quite an emotional experience rather than just a sighting. Then we saw an albatross land on the water - what a hilarious sight! From the beginning to the end the staff were great - lovely, helpful, friendly, knowledgeable. A lifetime experience. Great time.


PAGE - UK - NOVEMBER 2016

Amazing experience. Seeing a Sperm whale so close was incredible. Thanks to Haley and Allan for your extensive knowledge and updates.


GRAHAM - UK - NOVEMBER 2016

Fantastic experience. Safe, professional and very knowledgeable crew.


BEARD - UK - OCTOBER 2016

We did the inshore cruise, it was wonderful! 2 types of dolphin, albatross and seals. An amazing 2 hours. Thank you!


BONDUEL - BANGKOK - OCTOBER 2016

It was lovely to see dolphins, whales, birds and seals.


SPICER - NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 2016

Great fun. Seen a whale and a pod of Hectors Dolphins.


VALKENBURGVE - NETHERLANDS - OCTOBER 2016

Well organised and very informative and entertaining. Thanks crew...


ABBOTT - UK - OCTOBER 2016

Had an excellent trip, the crew were professional, engaging, informative, enthusiastic and great fun. Great personalities! Thanks for a great experience!! :)


VAZ - CANADA - OCTOBER 2016

Amazing time and enjoyed the documentaries.


KEREHI - NEW ZEALAND - OCTOBER 2016

Thank you for the trip. I had fun watch whales and dolphins.


FRAZER FAMILY - NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 2016

Fantastic 5 and more. Well done team. Thank you so much for an awesome afternoon.


CRISTY - AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 2016

That was a fantastic tour. The guide was knowledgeable and great to listen to and the crew were so nice - especially to our seasick friend :( Well worth the money - and we saw 3 whales, dolphins and seals. Very happy! Thank you :)


BELCHER - NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 2016

Staff were fabulous. In particular Tu. Great commentary, friendly, very kiwi and some local humour thrown in there. I think he's a real asset to the company. Thanks for having us.


CULLUM - USA - SEPTEMBER 2016

Ella, Jimmy and the entire crew were amazing. Lots of fun.


MURRAY - NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 2016

Brilliant day and the sightings were magnificent.  Tour leader Tu was awesome and loved his commentary. Will definitely be back to do more watching’s.


HILLIER - ENGLAND - AUGUST 2016

We had the most fabulous trip today!! We saw 3 sperm whales, a heap of Dusky Dolphins and two Hector Dolphins! Thank you for a memorable trip!!


MURPHY - ENGLAND - AUGUST 2016

BRILLIANT!!!!!! Waited my whole life to see a whale and we got to see two sperm whales and three blue whales. Absolutely magical!! It was excellent to see them! Thank you & Kia Ora xx


NATHANEAL JO - NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2016

I think the whale was amazing.


ALYSHA - AUSTRALIA - JULY 2016

I loved the tour I am 9years old and I will come back again.


DYLAN - USA - JULY 2016

It was great we saw tons of sea life. The woman who explained everything to us was great.


KELLY - NEW ZEALAND - JULY 2016

It was amazing!


YOUNG - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

This tour was very beautiful, tour guides were friendly & knowledgeable! We were able to see two whales which exceeded our expectations!! Can't wait to be back again!!


CRAMPTON - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

Great time. Great friendly crew. I will definitely be back to do the experience again.


REID - USA - JUNE 2016

I like that I got to see all dolphins and 2 Sperm Whales.


LAGLEY - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

Great trip! We saw 3 whales, 2 Humpback Whales and 1 Sperm Whale. We saw the Sperm Whale 2 times and we also saw a pod of dolphins holding 6 dolphins. I would love to come back again. 


KAVIA - NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 2016

This tour was great, we saw 5 whales, 2 of which were Humpback (which we saw twice because they resurfaced) and the tour guides and drivers were great!!


HODGIN - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 2016

Really good trip, it was my birthday so it made the day even more exciting! Thank you. 


JUMNAI - INDIA - MAY 2016

An awesome experience - would definitely recommend everyone to go on this trip at least once in their life time! 


HUTARSO - INDONESIA - MAY 2016

Super Amazing! We saw the sperm whale, Orca, and lots of dolphins. Really nice and amazing. Best day ever!


KOTHARI - INDIA - MAY 2016

Nice experience, one of a kind.


HYAA - USA - APRIL 2016

Good clean safe ship. Crew helpful and informative.


HAYES - AUSTRALIA - APRIL 2016

It was spectacular seeing the sperm whale and dolphins.


SUPBOONROD - THAILAND - APRIL 2016

The tour was fantastic. I really liked the fact that we were able to see many different species of marine life. It was certainly breath-taking when the whale dove back into the water. The boat was very clean and the staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. This has been an amazing experience for my family and I.


MACKENZIE - SCOTLAND - MARCH 2016

Amazing experience. Staff certainly know their stuff! Many thanks.


CROCKFORD - NZ - MARCH 2016

Amazing! very friendly and knowledgeable staff, loved it. Thank  you


ADAMS - USA - MARCH 2016

Terrific tour saw three sperm whales and large number of dusky dolphins. Wonderful time.


SARAH - NZ - MARCH 2016

Awesome tour and awesome crew.


DEKKER - THE NETHERLANDS - FEBRUARY 2016

Beautiful sea trip with all the sea animals promised. The dream came true. THANKS


MORRIS - SINGAPORE - FEBRUARY 2016

Wonderful tour, great guides - i would definitely recommend to others.  Many thanks x


SANDERS - UK - FEBRUARY 2016

Excellent time, so happy to see the sperm whale plus friendly and knowledgeable staff. So glad I did it. Thank you


SHAW - UK - JANUARY 2016

Fabulous trip. Loved every moment


 SKINNER - NZ - JANUARY 2016

Amazing tour, brilliant team! 


JOANSON - SWEDEN - JANUARY 2016

Really good! Everything from booking to transfer-bus to whale watching was utterly professional and great! Thank you for a good time!! :)


 PRATIK - INDIA - JANUARY 2016

 A truly magical and a mesmerizing experience.


 RIMMINGTON - UK - JANUARY 2016

Brilliant experience, would love to be staying in Kaikoura longer to do it again. The crew were brilliant too, very knowledgeable and helpful.


 MURALI - INDIA - DECEMBER 2015

Was on the first trip of the day. Tremendous experience. One of the best of our lives. The energy of the crew was commendable . Would recommend to anyone who visits NZ.


WRIGHT - UK - DECEMBER 2015

Amazing experience! Very well run and informative! A must do!!!


McGIBBIN - AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 2015

This was an excellent tour! Very on time and the tour guide was very knowledgeable about the area. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend to friends.


VEIT - AUSTRIA - DECEMBER 2015

For us the most enjoyable tour we have take part and the money is very well spent. The presentation as well as the staff are invaluable to feeling special. Fantastic job :-)


MAKIN - UK - NOVEMBER 2015

Crew were very knowledgeable and managed to inform us of the whales, seal, albatross plus various other birds. Made a very enjoyable trip for us.


HOYER - GERMANY - NOVEMBER 2015

The team and tour was nice. They managed to show us a whale and a couple of dolphins. Very friendly team, we enjoyed the tour. Thanks


KILLEEN - IRELAND - NOVEMBER 2015

Really enjoyed the trip. Wonderful dolphins and friendly crew.


GIBBINS - FRANCE - NOVEMBER 2015

Wonderful experience with opportunity for great photos!!! Thanks


WILLIAMS - NZ - NOVEMBER 2015

Great time and good to see the whale. Crew were great and very informative. Thanks for the experience.


FLASZYNSKI - NZ - OCTOBER 2015

The staff were incredibly helpful and friendly. The tour information on board was informative and interesting. The tour itself was stunningly wonderful. Thank you for the brilliant experience.


HAMBLING - UK - OCTOBER 2015

Absolutely amazing experience. Crew were great. Saw a sperm whales, seals, dolphins and albatross.


QUICK - AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 2015

Awesome experience! Thank you.


CLARK - NZ - SEPTEMBER 2015

Fantastic experience. Great staff at the base and on the boat. Thank you all.


PROSSER - UK - AUGUST 2015

Absolutely amazing and very informative. Fab staff. Thank you.


CELINE - NZ - AUGUST 2015

Excellent cruise. Great team on the boat. No time to be bored as continuosly entertained and informed on what to see in the surroundings. I think more kiwis need to take advantage of this opportunity. Great overall experience.


JAMILAH - SINGAPORE - JULY 2015

It was an awesome experience to see not one or two, but four whales = a pair at the same time even. The crew were knowledgeable and friendly. Unforgettable experience, recommended for all.


CHRISTENSEN - NZ - JULY 2015

Fantastic experience, the crew were awesome.

We had some stunning weather over the weekend along with some great sightings on our tours. Not only were we able to see sperm whales but also the rare opportunity of seeing a pod of beaked whales pass by the Kaikōura coastline. Not a common sight at all and one that is very treasured by all when we do.

Over the weekend we also had a visit from a couple of the crew from Emirates Team New Zealand with the America’s Cup. It was great to have the opportunity to see the cup up close. Check out this video to see how the afternoon went.

The Huttons Shearwater (Tītī) are special to us in Kaikōura. Their habitat sustained considerable loss during the Nov 2016 earthquake. Please take the time to vote for them as Bird of the Year and this status will help secure the much needed funding for more research so we can plan for their future.

REGULAR, SCHEDULED CLOSURES OF STATE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH OF KAIKOURA

The highway will be open during daylight hours on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays (perfect for a long weekend getaway) from 7AM to 7PM.

The highway will be closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for repairs to take place. 

The closure schedule is expected to remain in place until December 2017.

There is a possibility of short delays and it will be 30km/hour through parts of the route. Check the NZTA website for road updates before traveling. Inland Route 70 remains open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Please be aware that this week is a full closure week - Monday 16 to Friday 20 October. The road will reopen to the public midday on Friday 20 October for Labour weekend travellers. Another full week closure is scheduled for Monday 6 to Friday 10 November. 

Something worth celebrating...

Restoration work on the Kaikoura marina begun 10 months ago, and over the weekend we celebrated being able to now use berth 3 & 4. We have been using our trailer unit & the public jetty for some time now so to be able to pull up into our berths is quite an exciting feat. We still have a wee way to go but this is a HUGE step closer to being fully operational. We are very thankful for the amazing work the harbour repair crew are doing in what are at times trying conditions. We are excited to see our new and improved marina once it is completed! We cannot thank the tireless effort that the workers have put in to get us to this stage especially in what has been trying conditions at times.

More great news…

We thank you all for your patience over the last 11 months with the changing tour times with having work in line with the tides but with being able to now use berth 3 & 4 it means that we are now back running on our original fixed tour timetable. 0715, 1000, 1245 & 1530 (Nov-Mar)

KAIKOURA BUSINESS UPDATE

Kaikōura is open for business. For latest updates on accommodation, restaurant and retail information please contact the team at the Kaikōura I-Site who will be able to help you find what suits your needs during your stay in Kaikōura. 

TRANSPORT UPDATE

Hasslefree ToursCanterbury Leisure Tours & Kaikoura Express have daily services from Christchurch to Kaikōura with a return service from Christchurch, as well as Kiwi Experience now having the option of a day tour out of Christchurch for their travellers.

Progress on the work being done on roads (along with harbour repairs) can be found on this dedicated KAIKOURA EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE page provided by the team at NZTA. This page is updated weekly on Friday. Work is also starting to take place on the railway network, please be aware and take care when using rail crossings.

11 months on and we are starting to see some real progress – the teams out on the road, rail and the marina are all doing such an amazing job for which we are so thankful. And, we cannot thank you all enough for your continual support.

The team at Whale Watch Kaikoura