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Whale Watching Cruise in Kaikoura

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Embark on an unforgettable sea adventure as you spot marine creatures aboard a modern catamaran in Kaikoura, New Zealand's leading eco-tourism destination.


  • Hop on board a modern catamaran and encounter the world's largest-toothed predator, the 'Giant Sperm Whale,' in Kaikoura.

  • Get comfortable in the spacious air-conditioned passenger cabins with outside decks that offer great viewing and photo opportunities.

  • Upgrade your ticket to VIP Captain’s Cabin to relish food boxes and cold drinks as you enjoy the view alongside the captain and watchkeeper

  • Spot marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, seals, and different species of sea birds on this marine safari.

  • Enjoy the onboard visual experience, “World of the Whales” – that takes passengers virtually to the bottom of the Kaikoura undersea canyon.


  • 3-hour whale-watching cruise

  • Spacious air-conditioned interiors

  • Access to outside decks

  • Marine wildlife animation on plasma TVs

  • Free Wi-Fi aboard the cruise

  • Priority boarding and transport (optional)

  • Business-class seating (optional)

  • Full-tour English narration (optional)

  • Access to all other passenger areas (optional)

  • Locally-made food boxes and cold drinks (optional)

  • Exclusive viewing area on the top deck (optional)

Cancellation policy

You can cancel these tickets up to 24 hours before the experience begins and get a full refund.

Are you a marine wildlife fanatic? Well, you’ve arrived at the right place! Hop on a modern catamaran designed especially for whale watching as you set out to explore the marine wildlife in Kaikoura. Kaikoura is one of New Zealand's leading ecotourism destinations, abundant in local marine life.

What Awaits You Inside?

The spacious air-conditioned passenger cabins are furnished with comfortable seats. Throughout your tour, the large plasma screens, within the passenger cabins, display an onboard visual presentation, “World of the Whales” – an experience that virtually teleports you to the depths of the Kaikoura canyon. Get to know about the marine life found in Kaikoura waters. The stunning view on the outside deck offers opportunities for beautiful photos. The most exciting part of this cruise is when you sight the 'Giant Sperm Whale,' and other marine creatures like common dolphins, southern right whale dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, elephant seals, and leopard seals.

Luxury and Exclusivity in the VIP Captain’s Cabin

Upgrade your ticket to the VIP Captain’s Cabin for a luxurious experience. With this ticket, enjoy business-class seating. These perfectly angled seats permit you to have a better view through the large windows. Get exclusive access to the captain and a dedicated tour host for a full tour narration, giving you more information about the marine creatures throughout the cruise. This VIP experience has your hunger pangs taken care of with locally-made food boxes and cold drinks as you enjoy exclusive access to the viewing area on the top deck. Available all year round, this extraordinary marine experience simply cannot be missed.

Important Information

  • Any requests to upgrade bookings after the tour check-in begins will not include a food pack.

  • Passenger capacity is limited to 104 in the Ocean Cabin.

  • Passenger capacity is limited to 12 in the Captain’s Cabin.

  • The experience is restricted for guests aged 3 and under.


  • Daily: 7:15am, 10am, and 12:45pm

  • From the summer months of Nov to Mar, an extra tour may be scheduled at 3:30pm.

  • Your voucher will be emailed to you shortly.

  • Display the mobile voucher with a valid photo ID at the boarding point for verification.

Boarding Point

  • Board your cruise at Whale Watch Kaikoura.

  • Address: Whaleway Station Road, Kaikōura 7340, New Zealand.

Get Directions to the Boarding Point

Getting There

By Bus

  • The closest bus stop is Kaikoura. It is a quick 11-minute walk to the boarding point.

  • Bus Christchurch-Picton will get you there.

By Car

  • Take route New Zealand State Highway 1 and drive on to the Whaleway Station Road to arrive at the boarding point.
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