Up to 7 days
Whale Watch is New Zealand’s only vessel based whale watching company offering an exciting up-close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year. Whale Watch has created a unique, award-winning series of animation sequences designed to reveal Kaikoura’s hidden wildlife wonders.
Discover how a Sperm Whale survives in the dark and freezing depths of the Kaikoura Canyon or why the green-eyed Plunket Shark is easy prey for a Giant Squid. On-board plasma screens display a virtual animated whale watching tour while the tour is actually taking place! You will experience your own tour through the eye of the albatross in real-tim
As your vessel approaches the Kaikoura Canyon the ocean will be ‘removed’ to show the sheer scale of the abyss that plunges kilometres beneath you.
A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world’s largest dolphin the Orca and is home to the world’s smallest and rarest marine dolphin the Hectors.
The tour duration is 3 hours, which includes a pre tour video and safety briefing, the tour time on the water is normally 2 hours 15 minutes. On cruise ship days demand is heavy and pre-bookings are essential. There are no minimum number requirement.