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Māori carving

Maori Cultural Experience

This memorable tour brings you close to the Māori community in Kaikoura in a way that is not possible elsewhere in New Zealand. You will be picked up after lunch and receive a warm welcome when you are invited to spend the day with the family who introduce you to Māori culture, which dates back over 800 years.

You will have the chance to try your hand at weaving and other traditional customs as well as listen to ancient spiritual stories through the voices of the ancestors. The tour concludes around 5pm when you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

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Other experiences in Kaikoura

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around 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 suggest tours and activities that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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    A pair of Hector's dolphins

    Dolphin Swim

    Dolphin Swim

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  • Swim with Seals in Kaikoura
    New Zealand fur seals, Kaikoura

    Swim with Seals in Kaikoura

    Swim with Seals in Kaikoura

    One of the best nature activities in New Zealand, swimming with wild New Zealand fur seals in Kaikoura is a truly unique experience.

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  • Whale Watching
    Sperm whale, Kaikoura

    Whale Watching

    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.

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Experience it for yourself

You can enjoy this activity as part of the suggested tours below, or we can weave it into a trip shaped entirely around you.