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Sperm whale, Kaikoura

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Whale Watching

The local company we use who operate these boats which head out to see the whales as they come up for air, has been running trips for over 20 years and has won many awards in that time. The whole experience is not just exhilarating, but also highly educational and focused on the preservation of the marine environment.

Whale Watching, New Zealand

The local company we use who operate these boats which head out to see the whales as they come up for air, has been running trips for over 20 years and has won many awards in that time. The whole experience is not just exhilarating, but also highly educational and focused on the preservation of the marine environment.

Before departing you are given a safety briefing and then the boats head out for about three hours, giving you the opportunity to see sperm whales, high spirited dusky dolphins as well as the rare and endangered Hectors dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and a variety of bird life including the Royal Albatross. The commentary on the boat is informative, interesting and delivered with the aid of computer graphics which illustrate the amazing underwater topography of Kaikoura, showing why whales and many other marine creatures are drawn to the area.

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Experiences while staying here

The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.