Whale Watch Cruise

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.

While on this New Zealand Whale Watch Cruise you will come across a number of animals including New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross. Depending on the time of year you may also see migrating Humpback Whales (June/July), Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales.

Kaikoura is often home to 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.

This Whale Watch cruise 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 New Zealand 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 7.15am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 12.45pm & 1.15pm. An extra tour is scheduled at 3.30pm from Kaikoura from November - March.

Duration: 3 hours & 15 minutes (actual time on the water is just over 2 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.

Additional Info

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