Giant whale visits Kiwi beachgoers

The whale (Levi's Pedal Kayaks Kaikoura / Facebook)
The whale (Levi's Pedal Kayaks Kaikoura / Facebook)

Several lucky Kiwis got up close to a whale on Thursday morning, after the gentle giant took a swim into shore.

"Holy moly just captured this amazing moment of a whale coming in to say 'hello'," Levi's Pedal Kayaks Kaikoura said on their Facebook page. "My heart is still pounding!"

"That is awesome," one person exclaims in the video, as the massive marine mammal comes to the surface, only metres off the beach.

Onlookers watched in amazement as the whale appears to belly rub the sand - before disappearing back under the water on its journey into the ocean's depths.