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Amazing experience. We were already satisfied with watching one but we got to see two. After that, our driver took our small group to see seals and then to a lovely vinyard for wine tasting. The time we had was used efficiently and fully.
We had the most amazing day. Karen was our driver and she was great! We stopped on the way there to do some seal watching and stopped at a winery after and did some wine tasting. We did a lot of tasting in a short period of time, lol. We were most fortunate as we heard there had only been one whale sighted during tours in the prior days. Not us - we saw four!! We saw two sperm whales separate from one another and two humpbacks traveling together. As a result, we saw 2 whale tales. The whale tour crew was great as well. We traveled almost 30 nautical miles to find the sperm whales. As part of our tour we got lunch (fish and chips) which was provided by the whale tour kitchen and it was very good. All in all, a perfect day of whale watching!
this was my favourite trip.. it was all well organised and the guide was full of information which enhanced our experience .. nice lunch by the sea.. and got to see a whale .. excellent !!
Great tour, Great tour guide Karen! It was too windy to go out by boat so we were flying! Even though it was rough water we got to see the Sperm whale. Thank you for making it possible!
The whale watching was phenominal, Saw at least 6 whales with little time trying to find them. The whale watch team are very professional and highly organised. The bus trip there is quite good and senic. We unfortunately had a mecahnical problem which took a little while to resolve but we had the added attraction of being driven into town by a friendly New Zealand highway patrol officer in his police car.
Saw two huge whales - had to go a way out though so no time to see Dolphins - great setup and well organised
This was an absolutely fantastic tour!! Highly recommend if you have some free time in Christchurch to go and spend the day up at Kaikoura with the whales, seals and dolphins. Also recommend to choose the lunch option. It made things so much easier and the food was lovely.
fantastic trip,highly recommend it.kaikoura is beautiful and the whale watching is amazing
it's a must! but you might consider doing it if u have seasick as the normal sea conditions are waves 1-2m high,
The trip was cancelled on the day we booked due to bad weather but we were asked if we wanted to go the following day and there was no hassle arranging this. The trip was well organised and definitely the highlight of the holiday. It was quite moving to be so close to a whale. We also saw an albatross, dolphins, petrels and seals.
The trip did all it stated and luckily the weather changed as we were out on the sea so although cut short we saw a sperm whale and 100s of dolphins.
Everything and more than expected from the trip. Inspiring.
Not to be missed. As there is a 'resident' Sperm Whale in the bay. It is almost certain that you will see it surface blow and dive. Also the sight of the Albatross is memorable. pick - up and Guide very good. All done professionally.
This was well worth doing! We had an exceptional day with pods of Killer Whales all around the boat and a massive pod of dolphins, as well as the expected Sperm whale. No trip will be the same and it's pretty exciting being on deck not knowing what's going to appear from the depths. We were told we had an exceptional day but I'm certainly going to do it every time I return to New Zealand. Our driver for the day was excellent and got on with everybody, doing his utmost to make the day as memorable as possible.
Julie Ann G
This was a great day trip. Great scenery around Kaikoura. Not to mention five sperm whale sightings. Very professional operation. Go do it!!!
Amazing! Our guide knew a lot about the area and its cultural background. The boat caught sight of a whale and we were off!
Fantastic day out, the driver/guide was excellent, the team on the boat looked after us well and the food for lunch was delicious. And I got to see a sperm whale, perfect!
We managed to see a few sperm whales and the trip was quite fascinating to see how we track the whales. However, although it was in the fine print that we may not get to go to the winery for a wine tasting, it was still disappointing. Perhaps the driver should have told us at the beginning that we were not going, so that we need not have such expectations.