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Whale Watch® Kaikōura is New Zealand’s ultimate all year round nature experience offering visitors exciting close encounters with Giant Sperm Whales. An impressive 95% success rate means that you are guaranteed an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.

Our whale watching tours are extremely popular, especially between the months of November to March, advanced bookings are essential.

Please note that the minimum age limit for children traveling on a whale watch tour is 3yrs+, although Whale Watch Kaikōura maintains the right to raise the age limit depending on sea and weather conditions at the time of check-in. See here for further details on our child policy.

Please note any online specials / discounts or promotions are not available to agents.


All year: 7.15am, 10.00am, 12.45pm & 3.30pm (Nov-Mar)—Please note that these are check-in times only - please do not come earlier than the times specified.

Please noteFrom the 28th January until the 17th February 2019 we have arranged Mandarin Guided Whale Watch tours. It is highly recommended that guests who are Mandarin speakers choose these specially arranged tours for a better experience with the Mandarin speaking guides’ narration.

The tour check in times are 8.15am and 1.45pm each day for the period outlined above. Any questions please contact our Customer Service team.

State Highway 1 both North & South of Kaikōura

& Inland Road Route 70 between Christchurch (via Waiau) to Kaikōura is OPEN 24/7.

Please drive to the conditions & visit for more information.