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Kaikoura Whales, Dolphins, Seals and Penguins

Kaikoura is a popular holiday town, backed by the dramatic Kaikoura Seaward Range. The town is famous for its crayfish, whales, dolphins and seals. Many nature cruises offer exciting whale watching or dolphin watching experiences. If you don't mind getting wet, you may be able to swim with the dolphins or whales. You can also visit a penguin colony or stroll the coast to see Kaikoura seals. more

Kaikoura Whale Watching

Whale watching in Kaikoura is famous world wide and not to be missed. Humpback, beaked, blue, minke, sei, fin, pilot and killer whales are often sighted in Kaikoura at different times of the year, but almost always there are the huge resident sperm whales. These sperm whales enjoy the rich diet of the Kaikoura waters while building up their strength to move to the mating grounds of the warm north. Whales regularly dive to depths of one kilometer and sperm whales have been known to dive to 3 kilometres. They can hold their breath for up to two hours. Often other marine life is seen such as dolphins and seals. Whale Watch Kaikoura have been operating whale watch tours for many years while you are also able to fly to gain a birdseye view.

Kaikoura Swimming with Dolphins

Another popular activity in Kaikoura is a swim with dolphins. This is available year round and another ‘must do’ activity. Kitted out in a wetsuit, you will be taken by boat to get close to the dolphins. A swim with the dolphins can get you as close as an arms length away and the dolphins may be in a playful. While you aren’t guaranteed to see or swim with the dolphins, most dolphin tours offer some sort of refund in the unlikely event that this should occur.

 

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  • SOUTH PACIFIC WHALE WATCH

    SOUTH PACIFIC WHALE WATCH

    A whale watching experience like no other in Kaikoura, New Zealand. New Zealand's only operator fully permitted by Department of Conservation offering whale watching experiences by helicopter, with exclusive landing sites only available to South Pacific Whale Watch! Unparalleled whale watching experiences!...

  • HASSLE-FREE KAIKOURA TOUR

    HASSLE-FREE KAIKOURA TOUR

    Mobile-friendly - Hassle Free Tours provides a full day tour that includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains before arriving in Kaikoura. On this tour, you'll have time to explore Kaikoura, go on tour with Whale Watch Kaikoura, and visit to a seal colony. This tour will be informative and entertaining with commentary from our local kiwi guides. Please see our Website for current specials.

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    0800 553 554 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    296 Prestons Road, Marshland, Christchurch, New Zealand
  • DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER - Kaikoura

    DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER - Kaikoura

    Dolphin watching and swimming in Kaikoura. Get wonderful views of the spectacular and acrobatic dusky dolphins from one of our boats. See the dolphins in their natural environment with the option to swim amongst these friendly creatures. Swimming with the dolphins is an experience of a lifetime.

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    0800 733 365 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • KAIKOURA KAYAKS - Kaikoura

    KAIKOURA KAYAKS - Kaikoura

    Mobile-friendly - Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator Est 1998 - Celebrating 20 years in service. 100% Success rate for Seal Viewing! Join our award winning tour. Paddle with playful Fur Seals, chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. 1/2 day guided 'Seal Kayaking' tours suitable for all ages and abilities. Family’s welcome, no experience needed. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018.

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    +64 21 462 889
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    0800 452 456 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    19 Killarney Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • SEAL KAYAK KAIKOURA

    SEAL KAYAK KAIKOURA

    Mobile-friendly - Seal Kayak Kaikoura is the first kayak tour of its kind in New Zealand. They allow you to either pedal or paddle and you're going to love how easy it is to kayak in and around our beautiful Kaikoura peninsula using the Hobie Mirage Drive Pedal. All tours are guided with a 100% chance of seeing the NZ Fur Seal.

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    0800 387 7325 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    2 Beach Road, Kaikoura , New Zealand
  • SEAL SWIM KAIKOURA - Kaikoura

    SEAL SWIM KAIKOURA - Kaikoura

    Mobile-friendly - Recently listed by ‘Lonely Planet’ as one of the top 10 Marine Encounters Worldwide, snorkelling with wild fur seals in the shallow waters of beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, is truly a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its inhabitants. A must do in New Zealand.

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    +64 3 319 6182
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    0800 732 579 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    58 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury, New Zealand
  • SOUTH PACIFIC WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura

    SOUTH PACIFIC WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura

    A whale watching experience like no other in Kaikoura, New Zealand. New Zealand's only operator fully permitted by Department of Conservation offering whale watching experiences by helicopter, with exclusive landing sites only available to South Pacific Whale Watch! Unparalleled whale watching experiences!

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    0800 360 886 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    72 West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura

    WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura

    Mobile-friendly - New Zealand's ultimate year-round nature experience offering exciting close encounters with giant sperm whales. Kaikoura's semi-resident sperm whales share their unique world with other whale and dolphin species, seals and albatross - all regularly sighted. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour doesn't see a whale.

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    0800 655 121 (Free call - only within NZ)
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    The Whaleway Station, Whaleway Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
  • WINGS OVER WHALES - Kaikoura

    WINGS OVER WHALES - Kaikoura

    Mobile-friendly - Experience Kaikoura's mighty Sperm whale, playful Dusky Dolphins, and majestic scenery from above! Whale watching by aeroplane offers the unique perspective of viewing the entire whale from head to tail as he breathes on the ocean’s surface. You will have your own window seat and the opportunity to clearly view and photograph Kaikoura’s marine wildlife during your 30-minute flight.

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    Main Airport Terminal, Kaikoura Airport, 617 State Highway 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Red Carpet Tours

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NZ's premier Lord of the Rings tour company.

Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry

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Cross between the Islands on a Bluebridge ferry.

Thrifty Car Rental

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