Kaikoura Whale Watching Companies and Tours

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By Boat

  Whale Watch Kaikoura  
kaikoura whale watch

Tour Type: Marine tour by boat

Tour times: 7.15am, 10.00am and 12.45pm, 3.30pm(November-March)
Whale Watch operate tours every day except Christmas Day.

What you will see:
Giant Sperm Whales are present year-round. You may also encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky Dolphins the Wandering Albatross.
Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and Southern Right Whales are also visible depending upon the season.
The world’s largest dolphin, The Orca or Killer Whale (yes this is actually a dolphin!) can be spotted, as well as the world’s rarest and smallest dolphin – the Hector.

Duration:
Tours last around 2.5 hours on the water or 3.5 hours including bus transfer and check-in.
Whale Watch Kaikoura refund 80% of your cost if you do not see a whale.

Cost:
Adult: $145
Child 3-15: $60
Children under 3 not permitted.

Phone:
+64 3 319 6767

Address:
Whaleway Station Rd, Kaikoura

 

By Plane

  Wings Over Whales Kaikoura  
kaikoura wings over whales

Tour Type: Air tour by plane

Tour times: Contact operator for information.

What you will see:
Aboard the plane and with accompanying commentary, you will typically spot the Sperm Whale. Other whale sightings can include Southern Right, Humpback, Fin, Sei, Brydes, Pilot, Southern Bottlenose and the mighty Blue Whales, as well as Dusky, Common, Hectors, Risso’s and Southern Right Whale Dolphins and the massive Orca, although these are spotted less frequently.

Other visual sights from the air include the Kaikoura Peninsula, Maori fortifications (Pa sites), New Zealand Fur Seals resting and the Kaikoura township
If conditions allow, you may fly over the spectacular Seaward Kaikoura Ranges (2800m in height)

Duration:
30 minute flight

Cost:
Adult (15+): $180
Child (4-14): $75
Infants under 3 free

Phone:
+64 3 319 6580

Address:
Main South Road, Peketa
(8km south of Kaikoura on State Highway 1)

 
  Kaikoura Aero Club  
kaikoura wings over whales

Tour Type: Air tour by plane

Tour times: Contact operator for information.

What you will see:
Operates on demand for whale & dolphin watching. The flights are fully customizable to suit. Fly to the whale watch areas to look for sperm whales and dusky dolphins.

Flight times are typical around 30 minutes with a success rate of 95%

Duration:
30 minute flight

Cost:
Adult: $145

Phone:
+64 3 319 6579

Address:
627 SH1, Peketa, Kaikoura.

 

By Helicopter

  Kaikoura Helicopters World of Whales  
kaikoura world of whales

Tour Type: Air tour by helicopter

Tour times: Contact operator for information.

What you will see:
View the full length of all the whales from the air. Sperm whale sightings are most common, with all other whales viewable at certain times of the year.

Duration:
Classic Whale Flight: 30 minutes
Grand Whale Flight: 40 minutes
Top’n’Tail: 50 minutes

Kaikoura Helicopters operates 364 days of the year subject to weather conditions.

Cost (per person):

30 minute Flight:
2 passengers: $325
3-4 passengers: $220

40 minute Flight:
2 passengers: $395
3-4 passengers: $265

Coastal Whalewatch:
2 passengers: $435
3-4 passengers: $295

Top ‘n’ Tail:
2 passengers: $490
3-4 passengers: $330

Phone:
+64 3 319 6609

 
  South Pacific Whale Watch  
Tour Type: Air tour by helicopter

Tour times: Contact operator for information.

What you will see:
View the full length of all the whales from the air. Dolphins, seabirds and spectacular scenery all on offer.

Duration:
Explorer: 30 minutes

Ocean Safari: 40 minutes

Discoverer: 50 minutes

Premier: 60 minutes

Cost (per person):

30 Minute Flight:
$350

40 Minute Flight:
2 passengers: $450

50 Minute Flight:
$550

60 Minute Flight:
$650

Phone:
+64 3 319 5548

 

* All prices are in $NZ

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