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.
South Pacific Helicopters offers whale watching and scenic experiences like no other. Experience the beauty of Kaikoura, and the variety of wildlife from above. From a helicopter you can easily get around the whale watching area to maximise viewing time, while minimising impact on the animal. Gain insight into the whales world, and see the beauty of 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.
Mobile-friendly - The dusky dolphins of Kaikoura are known as the "acrobats of the sea" due to their displays of brilliant leaps and somersaults, quite typical dusky behaviour. This tour operates all year-round and two options are available - swimming with the dolphins or remaining on board the boat to enjoy the spectacle. All swimming-equipment supplied and advance bookings are essential.
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.
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.
South Pacific Helicopters offers whale watching and scenic experiences like no other. Experience the beauty of Kaikoura, and the variety of wildlife from above. From a helicopter you can easily get around the whale watching area to maximise viewing time, while minimising impact on the animal. Gain insight into the whales world, and see the beauty of 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.
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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