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Whale in Kaikoura, New Zealand

Whale Watching

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With a focus on education and preservation of the marine environment, this boat trip takes you out on the ocean in the search of sperm whales and other marine and bird life. The boats are equipped with Hamilton propulsion units designed to minimise underwater noise, exposed propellers prevent mammal strikes, and all of the toilets are self-contained so that they do not pollute the sea.

You’re given a safety briefing before the boats go out to sea for about three hours, maximising the opportunity to see a range of wildlife such as sperm whales, high-spirited dusky dolphins, the rare and endangered Hector’s dolphins, fur seals or royal albatross.

The commentary on the boat is informative, interesting and delivered with the aid of computer graphics which illustrate the underwater topography of Kaikoura; showing why whales and many other marine creatures are drawn to the area. The details of each trip is recorded to contribute to the continuing scientific research by the operator and subsequently supports research in the wider Kaikoura area.

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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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  • Maori Cultural Experience
    Traditional Maori Hongi Greeting

    Maori Cultural Experience

    Maori Cultural Experience

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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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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.