Whale Watch Cruise

Cruises Sightseeing

Whale Watch Kaikoura offers a unique Whale Watch Cruise experience. The sightings of whales vary with Giant Sperm Whales being the stars of the show and year round residents on this tour from Whale Watch Kaikoura.

A typical cruise may come across New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating Humpback Whales (June/July), Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.

Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca (summer months) - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrels and 7 types of Shearwater.

Whale Watch is located in the town of Kaikoura - a scenic two and a half-hour drive north from Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island. This Whale Watch Cruise is perfect for families and couples after a New Zealand Whale experience.


  • Whale Watching
  • Dolphins
  • 'World of the Whales' - onboard visual experience
  • Vessels fitted with 42 inch plasma screens and quality sound systems


Departs: Daily 7.00am, 10.00am and 12.45pm. An extra tours is scheduled at 3.30pm from Kaikoura from November - February.
Duration: 3.5 hours (actual time on the water is 2.5 hours)

Please note: the above are check in times, Whale Watch Kaikoura request you do not arrive earlier than the times specified. Tour does not operate on Christmas Day.

TopAdditional Information

Children: Cruise not suitable for infants aged 0-2 years. Children aged 3-15 years are at the child rate
Please note: Meals/drinks are not provided on this cruise, however you may bring your own
Operated By: Whale Watch Kaikoura

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