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On many people's 'must do' list when they come to New Zealand, the chance to see a rare and graceful whale in the wild is hard to beat. And with the waters around New Zealand forming the 4th largest marine territory in the world, and with a whale migrating route passing straight through it, you could not be in a better place to see them. There are some excellent whale watching opportunities to be had here with the major places being Kaikoura and Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

4 Whale Watching Companies in NZ

Whale Watch Kaikoura
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Whale Watch Kaikoura (Christchurch)
New Zealand's ultimate all year round nature experience offering visitors exciting close encounters with Giant Sperm Whales.
  • all year round nature experience
  • 95% success rate
South Pacific Whale Watch
South Pacific Whale Watch
Provides a unique perspective of the amazing Sperm Whales and the other abundant marine life found in the area by helicopter.
Christchurch
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Auckland Whale Safari
Auckland Whale Safari
Don't miss this unique whale and dolphin tour aboard New Zealand's only research focused vessel that is open to the public.
Auckland
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Wing Over Whales
Wing Over Whales
Head for Kaikoura and go whale watching by aeroplane! See whales, dolphins and mountains from a unique perspective.
Christchurch
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