The world’s largest toothed predator
Discover the home of the world's largest toothed predator - the Giant Sperm Whale – along the coastal town of Kaikoura. Experience an up-close encounter with these majestic creatures up close while also learning about their biology, behavior, and conservation. Marvel at the deep blue waters aboard a modern catamaran boat on this year round attraction.
Learn from experienced guides
With endless scenic views and photo opportunities, there will be so much to see. Sit back, relax and learn about the whales' behaviour and movements and how the talented team locate these impressive mammals in the deep ocean.
Speeding along the magnificent harbour, be delighted with views of the mountains as you are seated comfortably inside before making your way onto the open decks. With panoramic views, meet these impressive mammals in their natural environment as you breathe in the fresh ocean air. You won't want to miss this thrilling encounter with nature.
Discover marine wildlife
Whales aren't the only thing you'll discover on this exciting excursion. You may also encounter other marine life, such as dolphins, fur seals, and a variety of seabirds. Enjoy the panoramic ocean views as the tour guides provide a fascinating commentary about the marine life and the natural environment, making the experience both educational and entertaining.
If you are looking for a unique experience, Whale Watch Kaikoura is the opportunity to do something different. Observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat and gain a greater appreciation for the marine ecosystem in New Zealand.
This tour provides a unique opportunity for you to see these majestic creatures up close while also learning about their biology, behaviour, and conservation status. Whale watching tours in Kaikoura are carefully regulated to ensure that the whales are not disturbed.
This tour provides a strong focus on sustainable tourism and conservation efforts. On this tour you'll also learn how to create a better future for both humans and marine wildlife alike.
How to find Whale Watch Kaikoura
Whaleway Station Road, Kaikōura 7340
Whale history of Kaikoura
Kaikoura is a coastal town on the eastern shores of New Zealand and is rich in whale history. For hundreds of years, Maori have had a deep spiritual connection to the sea and the whales that live there.
In the 19th century, European whalers arrived in Kaikoura, attracted by the abundant populations of sperm whales in the area. Progressively, the small coastal settlement established a whaling station in town which operated for a century until the mid-1960s. During this time, thousands of whales were hunted and killed for their oil and other valuable resources, leading to a significant decline in whale populations.
Today, Kaikoura has become a hub for sustainable whale watching, with visitors from all over the world coming to see the whales in their natural habitat. The town's unique geography, with a deep underwater canyon close to the shore, creates an upwelling of nutrient-rich water that attracts a variety of marine life, including sperm whales, humpback whales, and dusky dolphins.
You can travel to Kaikoura and experience Whale Watching by booking any of the following trains, packages, and tours. Include tickets for Whale Watch Kaikoura when booking your great adventure through our Travel Centre.