Historical Whaling Tour


Learn about the historical whaling culture of New Zealand through this guided tour

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  • 4 Hrs - 5 Hrs Duration
  • English
  • Join In Group
  • Minimum 1 Travelers
  • Meet Up With Guide
  • Get a full tour of New Zealand’s National Whaling Center
  • Cruise to the historic Perano Whaling Station and keep your eyes peeled for a chance to see some of dolphins and killer whales on the way
  • Experience what it’s like to be a whaler by touching some of the machinery, throwing a harpoon into a (fake!) target or sharpening your knives on a stone
  • Learn about the current whale migration in New Zealand (fun fact: in 2015, they recorded about 140 whales in 30 days)
  • See hundreds of artifacts carefully preserved from the whaling era at the Picton Whaling Museum
  • Hear first hand experiences from an actual whaler who was alive during the peak of the whaling era (availability subject to good health)
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  • Harold 20 Apr 2017
    Interesting and unique experience.Recommended!

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This historical whaling tour is one of the best things to do when you're in Marlborough. Start the day with a comprehensive tour at New Zealand’s National Whaling Center. There, you will learn about the history of whaling in New Zealand which lasted from 1827-1964. When you're done, take the cruise to Perano Whaling Station for a more in depth experience. On the way, you might even get a chance to see some dolphins and killer whales frolicking in the ocean. At the Perano Whaling Station, get a chance to touch some of the machinery the whalers used, and even have a chance to live like a whaler and throw a harpoon into a (fake) target, or sharpen your hunting knives. There, you can catch a quick audio visual presentation about the lives of the whalers to discover how they lived back in the day. Finally, once you disembark at Picton you can choose to walk to the Picton Whaling Museum and view over hundreds of carefully preserved whaling artifacts. If you’re lucky, you might even get to meet and get first hand stories from one of the whalers who lived and worked during the whaling era. And if you’re worried about the state of the whales and other marine mammals today, New Zealand has a Marine Mammal Protection that has been put into place since 1992, so you’ve got absolutely nothing to worry about! Just enjoy this informative tour of one of New Zealand’s historical eras.

view of Marlborough Sounds
Get a beautiful view of the ocean when you cruise to the Perano Whaling Station
killer whale spotting historical whaling tour
Get a chance to spot a killer whale or a dolphin while on a comfortable cruise ship on the way to Perano Whaing Station
Marlborough Sounds
Appreciate New Zealand's natural beauty while learning about one of their most historical eras, the whaling era
Activity Information


  • You will receive confirmation of your booking's availability within 1 business day. Once confirmed, we will send you the voucher via email
  • In the event that you do not receive an email from us, please check your Spam folder or notify us via email
Inclusive Of

Inclusive of:

  • Roundtrip cruise to Perano Whaling Station
  • Entrance to New Zealand’s National Whaling Centre
  • Entrance to Perano Whaling Station
  • Entrance to Picton Whaling Museum
Not Inclusive Of

Not inclusive of

  • Meals
  • All other personal expenses


  • 8:15am start the experience from the New Zealand's National Whaling Centre
  • Cruise to the historic Perano Whaling Station
  • Explore the Perano Whaling Station
  • Cruise back to Picton Harbour then visit the Picton Whale Museum
  • 12:15pm/1:15pm end of tour
Additional Information

Additional Information:

  • Child ticket: Age 5-15
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 30 minutes before scheduled departure time for a briefing
How To Use
  • You can present either a printed or a mobile voucher for this activity
  • Departure time: 8:15am
  • Please arrive the meet up point at least 30 minutes before departure time for a briefing
  • The voucher is vaild only on the date and specified
  • The tour ends between 12:15pm and 1:15pm

Meet Up Location

  • 1 Wellington St, Picton 7220

How To Get There:

  • The nearest train station is Picton, a 4 minute walk to the destination
Cancelation Policy
  • Full refunds will be issued for cancelations made at least 24 hours prior to the activity
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Reviews (2) 5.0
  • Harold 20 Apr 2017
    Interesting and unique experience.Recommended!
  • Abner 4 Apr 2017
    Great activity, so that more people understand the whale and New Zealand whaling history. Very shocking! Worth a look!
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