Who we are Whale Watch
Whale Watch is a multiple national and international award winning New Zealand nature-based tourism company owned and operated by the indigenous Ngati Kuri people of Kaikōura, a Maori sub-tribe of the South Island's larger Ngai Tahu Tribe.
Whale Watch was formed in 1987 at a time when Maori were casualities of Kaikōura's declining economy.
Paikea Indigenous kiwi
According to legend, Paikea came to New Zealand from the Pacific Islands on the back of a whale many centuries ago. His desendants include the Kati Kuri people of Kaikoura.
Paikea was the youngest and favourite son of the chief Uenuku from the island of Mangai in the present day Cook Islands. This favouritism made Paikea's elder brothers extremely jealous.
Stories About the community
Legend has it that Maui used the Kaikōura Peninsula as a foothold to brace himself when he fished the North Island out of the sea.
From this comes the Peninsula’s earliest name: Te Taumanu o te Waka a Maui, the thwart or seat of Maui’s canoe. The name Kaikōura means “eat crayfish”, recalling the occasion when Tama ki te Raki had a meal of crayfish here, pausing on his journey around the South Island in pursuit of his three runaway wives
Our vision Mission & Values
Our Vision: "To be the destination, experience and company of choice."
Our Mission: "To identify, develop and promote WOW based experiences."
Our Values: Customer (Manaakitanga) Company (Tino Rangatiratanga) Community (Iwi Whanui) Conservation (Kaitiakitanga) Culture (Whakapapa)