Several Southern Right whales are currently in the waters around Wellington, including what is believed to be a mother and calf in the harbour.
Wow! What a fantastic photo of a southern right whale and calf, seen in Wellington harbour Tuesday afternoon!— Project Jonah (@ProjectJonah) August 28, 2018
Let's give them plenty of space (200 metres) to socialise and bond - such special visitors to have calling in to our capital city.
Photo: Dwight Lorenzen pic.twitter.com/GLup3FqrRT
The Department of Conservation said there was also potentially another pair on the Kapiti coast.
DOC said it had not yet been able to determine if they are known whales.
It said people should stay at least 200 metres away from a whale and calf, further than the usual 50 metres stand-off distance for marine mammals.