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Award-winning Whale Watch® Kaikoura is New Zealand’s ultimate year-round nature experience, offering visitors exciting close encounters with giant Sperm Whales.

Every tour is a unique experience. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show but you may also see migratory Humpback Whales (June to July), Orca (December to March), New Zealand’s tiny Hector’s Dolphins, the high-spirited Dusky Dolphins, New Zealand Fur Seals and the Royal Albatross.

Designed for whale watching, the company operates a fleet of purpose-built catamarans featuring large outside decks with great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display award-winning marine wildlife animations.

Passenger numbers for each tour are kept well below the vessels’ capacity to ensure your tour experience remains a personal one. An impressive 95% success rate means a guaranteed 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Vessels are crewed by friendly skippers and guides very experienced in interacting with local whales. They have expert knowledge of Kaikoura’s sea conditions and are fully trained in all aspects of safety, monitoring the weather and responding professionally to any changes.

Flukes Café
Situated right on the seafront, Flukes Café offers a relaxed atmosphere, friendly service and one of the best views in town. Freshly made coffee, cakes, sandwiches, savoury items, breakfast and blackboard menus.

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Showcasing a selection of exclusive Whale Watch® branded merchandise including clothing, souvenirs, books, posters, postcards, bone carvings and jewellery.

Operating hours: Tours depart daily at 7:15am, 10am and 12:45pm, plus 3:30pm in summer (Nov – Mar). Fitness level: Low. What to bring: Jacket, sunblock and a camera.

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