Watching in Kaikoura
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kids ran to the side of the vessel with an excitement that is kept
for truly wonderful moments.
plume of spray jetted up several metres and the kids marvelled at
what they were seeing - a 60-tonne sperm whale only metres away.
It had been a fairly long hunt - an hour or so on choppy seas -
but it didn't matter as the older one's queasy stomach had disappeared.
of their faces shone with excitement and their digital cameras clicked
were joined by a couple of dozen other folk who were witnessing
a natural marvel up close.
were part of the Whale Watch tour in Kaikoura - a must do if you
are in that lovely part of the South Island - and it is well worth
Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company
offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the giant
Sperm Whale at all times of the year.
zip out to the deep Kaikoura canyon in one of Whale Watch's state-of-the-art
vessels and along the way get a very informative commentary on what
makes the area such a perfect spot for whale spotting.
also get to know the names of the whales that live near Kaikoura
at various times of the year and this brings a more personal touch
you are in the right area the boat's crew starts listening out for
sounds that the whales are about.
they don't hear anything it's off to another spot for a quick check.
gets very exciting as the anticipation builds and when you finally
get to see one of the majestic creatures it is amazing to know you
are so close to a giant.
sperm whales are year-round residents in the area. Three
summer regulars are Tiaki, Little Nick & Noodle, while in winter
the residents that have come into the canyon are Tutu, Kaupapa and
the whales are the main drawcard to stars of the show, visitors
will also get to see pods of Dusky dolphins, New Zealand fur seals
and the endangered Wandering albatross.
on the time of year you may also see migrating humpback whales,
pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales.
often hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home
to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's.
out to see the giants of the deep up close is a wonderful adventure
for young and old alike.
Watch tours have a 95% success rate and it guarantees an 80% refund
if your tour does not see a whale.
Kaikoura Whale Watch tours