Whale watching

One of the best places to see whales in New Zealand is Kaikoura (a small seaside village located on the north-eastern corner of the South Island). Just offshore from Kaikoura is the Kaikoura Canyon, a 2km deep canyon which attracts a huge array of marine and plant life to the area.

Whale Watch Kaikoura has one of the best whale watching operations. It operates all year round, and offers visitors a unique and exciting close up encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale, the largest of the toothed whales. They claim to have a 95% whale spotting success rate, and visitors often see other whale and dolphin species, as well as seals and albatross during the tours.

You can find more information on the Whale Watch website:

http://www.whalewatch.co.nz

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