Whale watching is one of the top attractions in New Zealand and something you don’t want to miss. Seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is an unforgettable experience, and I’ll be sharing some of the best places to see them.
The best time of year for spotting whales depends on the species. Orcas are commonly found during the warmer months when pods of 6-12 whales can be seen off the coast. In the cooler months between June-August, humpback whales are frequently seen heading off towards warmer waters.
Get up Close to Whales at Kaikoura
Kaikoura is a coastal town on the east coast of South Island. Known for its wildlife, it also has an abundance of marine life including sperm whales. Very occasionally you may spot a blue whale. Take a catamaran boat tour and see these amazing creatures close up.
Moutohora -Whale Island
Moutohora is also known as whale island and situated off the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand’s North Island. It’s classed as a sanctuary and teaming with endangered species. You can take a catamaran tour to the island during which you’re likely to spot pilot whales, beaked whales, and killer whales.
Spot Humpback Whales off the Banks Peninsula
Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula is an excellent place for whale watching. In particular, humpback whales can be found during the colder months, and are identified by a distinctive looking dorsal fin. You’ll soon learn to spot its knobbly appearance. Black Cat Cruises offer both dolphin and whale watching excursions off the peninsula coast.
Hauraki Marine Park is a Paradise for Whale Watching
Enjoy a memorable whale watching tour that starts from central Aukland, and takes you on a 4-5 hour marine safari. The waters are a paradise full of different sea creatures. You may even be lucky enough to spot one of the rare Bryde’s whales. Also, you’ll see plenty of dolphins, rare seabirds, and seals.