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Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

Breathtaking ocean vistas, majestic whales, unforgettable New Zealand adventure.

Tour Details

Kaikoura: Where Giants of the Deep Await

Embark on an unforgettable small-group odyssey (maximum 8 guests) from Christchurch, venturing through the picturesque pastoral landscapes of North Canterbury, where rolling hills meet the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean. Your destination: Kaikoura, a coastal haven where majestic mountains kiss the sea,
and the wonders of the marine world unfold in an intimate and personalised experience.

Whale Watch Kaikoura: An Encounter with Marine Giants

Prepare to be captivated as you embark on a world-renowned Whale Watch Kaikoura cruise, a journey that promises an up-close encounter with some of the ocean's most magnificent creatures. Step aboard our specially designed catamaran vessel, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and expert marine guides, and set sail for an adventure that will leave you breathless.

Kaikoura Canyon: A Marine Life Hotspot

Kaikoura's unique underwater landscape, the Kaikoura Canyon, creates a nutrient-rich environment that attracts an abundance of marine life. As you cruise through these pristine waters, be prepared to witness the awe-inspiring presence of the mighty sperm whale, the largest toothed predator on Earth. Marvel at their sheer size and grace as they breach, dive, and reveal their distinctive tails.

Beyond Sperm Whales: A Kaleidoscope of Marine Life

While sperm whales are the stars of the show, Kaikoura's waters are also home to a diverse array of marine mammals. Keep your eyes peeled for playful dusky dolphins, who often accompany the whales, their acrobatic displays adding a touch of joy to the experience. With luck, you may also encounter other magnificent species, such as the majestic humpback whale, the elusive southern right whale, or the playful orca (killer whale).

A Feast for the Senses:

After your exhilarating whale watching adventure, indulge in a delightful café lunch, savoring the flavors of local cuisine amidst the breathtaking backdrop of Kaikoura's coastal charm. Your journey concludes with a scenic drive to a lookout point, where panoramic vistas of the peninsula and the boundless Pacific Ocean stretch before you, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime.

Whale Watch Kaikoura is more than just a tour – it's a transformative experience that connects you with the raw power and beauty of the natural world, and it's your chance to witness the magic of these marine giants in their awe-inspiring habitat.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel by luxury vehicle
  • Maximum of 8 guests per tour.
  • Whale watch cruise.
  • Cafe lunch in Kaikoura
  • Courtesy city hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic (weather permitting)
  • Fully escorted with informative commentary.

Departure time: 7:30 am
Return: approx. 5.45 pm

Tour Code: KA01

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Your tour includes:
  • Experienced, knowledgeable Guide 
  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel
  • Whale Watch Cruise
  • Cafe Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • An amazing, unforgettable experience!


The following is recommended:
  • Rain jacket
  • Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather.
  • Hat (type depending on weather)
  • Sunscreen (high SPF)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle