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Sperm whale, Kaikoura

Whale Watching

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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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, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

  • A pair of Hector's dolphins

    Dolphin Swim


    This three hour excursion is perhaps the best way in the world to swim with dolphins. Kaikoura attracts dolphins all year round, hugely increasing the chances of being able to get in the water with these incredible creatures.

  • Traditional Maori Hongi Greeting

    Maori Cultural Experience


    This memorable tour brings you close to the Maori community in Kaikoura in a way that is not possible elsewhere in New Zealand. You will spend the day with the family who introduce you to a culture which dates back over 800 years.

  • New Zealand fur seals, Kaikoura

    Swim with Seals in Kaikoura


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