If you’re visiting New Zealand, you’ll be able to find out all about whales and dolphins from first-hand experience! Take one of the many whale watching boat trips and see these magnificent creatures for yourself in their own setting.
What Species of Whales and Dolphins You Can Expect to See?
From humpback whales to bottlenose dolphins, you’ll have an exciting time spotting these beautiful marine creatures. There are several areas along the east coast of South Island that are particularly good for whale and dolphin spotting. Kaikoura has an abundance of marine life, including blue whales and dolphins. In contrast, pilot whales can be seen off the coast of Moutohora Island.
Orcas are part of the dolphin family and grow to a considerable size. Though also known as killer whales, no human has ever been attacked by one. Sadly, there are only around 200 of these beautiful creatures living in the waters off New Zealand, and thankfully they are protected. There are three main groups of pods found around the shores of both North and South Island. The best places to spot orcas are the Bay of Plenty and Hawke’s Bay.
What to Expect on Dolphin and Whale Watching Boat Trips?
Any one of the dolphin and whale watching boat trips will give you an excellent opportunity to take photos and really get to know these creatures. However, if it’s your first time on a whale-watching boat, there’s a chance you may experience seasickness. You also have to be prepared to get wet from sea spray in windy conditions.
Even if the temperature is warm on land, it can be chilly out at sea. It’s a good idea to bring an extra jumper, as well as a waterproof jacket. Also, you’ll need high factor sun cream, as even on cloudy days the sun is very strong. If you’re well prepared, you’ll enjoy the experience even more!