Historical Whaling Tour
MyLittleAdventure logo
English / EUR
Historical Whaling Tour
/ New Zealand / Marlborough District / Picton / Tours & Activities /
See details in English

Historical Whaling Tour

4 h
About this activity
Appreciate the history of New Zealand’s whaling culture with a tour of the National Whaling Center, the Perano Whaling Station and the Picton Whaling Museum

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.

  • 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)

How To Get There:

  • The nearest train station is Picton, a 4 minute walk to the destination


  • 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
Read more Show less


  • Information & Tips
  • Tours & Activities


We use cookies to provide you the best experience. By continuing to browse this site, you accept the use of cookies. For more information, please read our privacy policy.