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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! 

Weekly Update - 12th February 2018

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2018 just keeps getting better and better for us out in the Canyon, with some amazing sailing conditions providing some beautiful whale watching encounters for our guests. We saw transient Sperm whales feeding in the Hikurangi Trench along with two local Sperm whales Mohio and Aoraki. We also saw Orca, a Humpback whale, Hectors, Common and Dusky Dolphins!

A New Regular to the Canyon: Help Us With A Name!


Here at Whale Watch Kaikoura we’ve noticed a new Sperm whale popping up on our sighting sheets along with our locals, and it seems as though he’s just as fond as the food here as our residents! HL50 is his identifying number but we’re looking at giving him a name, something that reflects his personality as well as our local Iwi’s connection to these enchanting mammals. Any suggestions? Let us know!

Weekly Update - 29th January 2018


It’s been another fantastic week for us here in Kaikōura, Summer really is pulling through and providing some great sailing conditions. Whale watching tours this week encountered a large number of transient Sperm whales and local Sperm whales as well as Humpback, Blue and Fin whales. 

Weekly Update - 22nd January 2018


Weren’t able to make it out whale watching this week? That’s okay, we’ve rounded up some of this week’s highlights, including a vertical sleeping Sperm whale, a visit from two of the largest animals in the animal kingdom and video footage of the family pod of Orca

Weekly Update - 15th January 2018


It’s been a week full of visitors! Our local Sperm whales have had to make room for an abundance on transient whales and dolphins this week, which has made for some remarkable whale watching tours. Tours this week sighted Sperm whales, Blue whales, Fin whales, Orca, Dusky dolphins, Hectors dolphins and Common dolphins.

Weekly Update - 8th January 2018

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What an epic start to 2018 we’ve had here in Kaikōura! There have been an abundant of marine life out in the Canyon, and our passengers have enjoyed some spectacular and memorable tours already to celebrate the New Year. This week we saw Sperm whales, Humpback whales, Orca, Shepherd's beaked whales, Common dolphins, Dusky dolphins, Hectors dolphins and NZ Fur Seals.

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