We simply couldn’t begin with anything other than Kaikoura's world-famous whale watching experiences. The popularity of these enigmatic tours is no surprise, given Kaikoura is one of the few places where Sperm Whales can be seen all year round. Humpbacks, Southern Rights and Orca are also common visitors. In all, there is a 95% chance of sighting a whale on one of Kaikoura's many whale watching tours. And few things are more majestic than seeing these gracious leviathans close-up.
Whale Watch Kaikoura is the leading operator in Kaikoura and one of New Zealand's biggest attractions. Tours depart three times throughout the day (early morning, mid-morning and lunchtime), taking approximately 3.5 hours. Due to their popularity, we strongly recommend booking ahead - especially in the summer months.
If you’re travelling up from Christchurch for the day on the Coastal Pacific train, then you’ll arrive in time for the lunchtime tour. Conveniently, Whale Watch Kaikoura tours depart from their office inside Kaikoura train station - renamed the Whaleway Station in their honour!
For an even more dramatic view of these incredible beasts, South Pacific Whales offers Helicopter tours, where you can spot the whales from up high whilst taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the Kaikoura Coast. Although you won’t get as close to the whales as you would in a boat, this unique perspective will give you a greater appreciation of their sheer size. And if you are looking to give your children an experience they'll always treasure, then this is definitely unforgettable.