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Weekly Update - 27th August 2018


This week on the water we saw semi-residential Sperm whales Saddleback, Mati Mati and Aoraki, as well as other transient Sperm whales passing through Kaikōura.

School Children Enjoy a 'Whale of A Time'

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During the month of July and part way into August, Whale Watch Kaikoura have been taking children from surrounding districts out to see the whales, for free.

Weekly Update - 20th August 2018

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We had Orca out to play this week, not a common sight during the colder months but passengers were happy they stopped by. Find out what else we saw on this week's tours ...

We Share With You Sad News

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It is with saddened hearts that we share with you the news of passing of a sperm whale very dear to us all at Whale Watch Kaikōura – Tutumairekurai, or more commonly known as Tutu.

Weekly Update - 30th July 2018

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Semi-residential Sperm whales we saw feeding in the Canyon this week were Slice, Aotearoa, Holy Moly and Tiaki, along with other transient Sperm whales.

Weekly Update - 23rd July 2018


A week full of Humpback whales, tail-slapping and breaching + a variety of other marine life were spotted on our tours. 

Weekly Update - 16th July 2018

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This week we had plenty of beautiful Winter days out on the water. The beaming sun, flat seas and snow-capped mountain ranges glistening in the background made for ultimate whale watching conditions. Coupled with the amount of marine life we’ve been watching out in the Canyon at the moment we had an exceptional week.

Weekly Update - 9th July 2018

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Semi-Residential Sperm whales we saw on our tours during the week included Holy Moly, Tiaki, Tutu, Aotearoa and Manu. Over the last month or so we have been seeing a lot of our local and well-known Sperm whales feeding very close to shore, making for faster boat trips out to the whale grounds and more time spent watching them in their natural habitat. This is typical ...

Weekly Update - 2nd July 2018

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Local Sperm whales we saw out in the Canyon this week included Manu, Tiaki, Slice, Aotearoa, Mati Mati, Tutu and Holy Moly as well as a special appearance by Tiaki and Tutu sitting side by side and diving down in sync together – double tail time!

Weekly Update - 25th June 2018

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This week we’ve had some beautiful frosty days in Kaikōura, with the sun making a welcomed appearance over the weekend. Snow continues to coat the Kaikōura Ranges making for a spectacular sight when the morning sun hits its peaks, not to mention the perfect background when watching Sperm whales diving out in the Kaikōura Canyon.  

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