Take to the seas off the coast of Kaikoura to search for New Zealand's marine giants. Sperm whales, orca and migrating humpbacks all frequent the inky depths hunting for squid in the Hikurangi Trench.
Kaikoura is New Zealand's world famous whale watching destination. Sperm whales can be seen here year-round while seven other whale species visit regularly. Every whale watch tour is a unique experience. The sightings vary but giant sperm whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. On a typical whale watch tour you may encounter New Zealand fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season, you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales. Kaikoura often hosts the world's largest dolphin, the orca, and is home to the world's smallest and rarest , the Hector's whale. Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrel and seven types of shearwater.