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Weekly Update - 21st May 2018

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We’ve had some incredible sightings this week. Sperm whales seemed to be out in large numbers, particularly over the weekend, where one tour spotted semi-resident Tutu feeding closely alongside 4 other transient Sperm whales. Another tour got to see two Sperm whales come up for air together, floating side-by-side as they prepared for their next dive ...

Weekly Update - 14th March 2018

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Last week we had some amazing days out on the water viewing our semi-resident sperm whales Matimati, Tutu and Tiaki as well as other sperm whales visiting the area. Did you know that the head of a Sperm whale makes up to a third of its body length?

Weekly Update - 7th May 2018

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3 of our favourite Sperm whales were sighted on our tours this week, Tiaki, Tutu and Matimati – and some of them up to some unusual behaviour! 

Weekly Update - 3rd April 2018


Who else had a fantastic Easter weekend? We celebrated with Sperm whales, Blue whales, dolphins, seals and Orca here at Whale Watch Kaikoura!

Weekly Update - 26th March 2018

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Sperm whales, Blue whales and four species of dolphins! Another fantastic week out on the water. Plus, an exclusive Easter discount on whale watching tours!

Weekly Update - 12th March 2018

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It’s been a great week here in Kaikōura for whale watching, we’ve had the privilege of seeing a lot of familiar faces out on the water. This week, we saw semi-resident Sperm whales Nawi, Holey Moley, Aoraki, Scarface and Tutu all feeding out in the Canyon. We never get sick of seeing their beautiful tails on the water.

Kaikoura's Commitment to Sustainability

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Seaweek's theme this year is “Toiora te Moana – Toiora te Tangata – Healthy Seas, Healthy People”, highlighting our many connections with the sea and ways we can keep our coastline and seas healthy for locals, visitors and the oceans’ inhabitants. Find out how Kaikoura is committing to a sustainable future. 

Pollution's Horrifying Effects on our Marine Life - Seaweek 2018

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The New Zealand Association for Environmental Education (NZAEE) is a national, non-profit organisation that supports and encourages environmental sustainability in Aotearoa by hosting its annual flagship event, Seaweek. This year, Seaweek is taking place for Saturday 3rd – Sunday 11th March 2018, and Whale Watch Kaikoura are excited to get amongst this brilliant initiative! A very real reality for those who dwell under the sea is that of pollution. Pollution comes in many different forms, with plastic and noise being forms of pollution that directly impacts the oceans inhabitants.

Weekly Update - 6th March 2018

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It’s been another beautiful week here in Kaikōura, we’re sad to see Summer go but it seems as though the weather doesn’t want to go anywhere. Sailing conditions and weather have been great this week and we’ve had some incredible sightings. Sperm whales, Humpback whales, Beaked whales and plenty of dolphins!

Weekly Update - 26th February 2018

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The aftermath of Cyclone Gita appears to have brought Sperm whales out in abundance over the weekend! We were privileged to see 3 whales surfacing at the same time, side by side with a 4th whale about ½ a mile away! 

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