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Dolphin Encounter

Kaikoūra is privileged to be a marine mammal and wildlife location in a class of its own. The inshore coastal waters comprising a deep underwater canyon system is the reason so many different species of marine life are found here. Kaikoūra's marine tourism popularity has grown over the last 30 years to firmly establish it as the most sought after area for regularly encountering marine life in New Zealand.

The dusky dolphins are acrobatic, energised and graceful creatures and simply watching their typical behaviour of high leaps and somersaults, is sure to bring a smile to your face and transform your day from average to superb! The inquisitive and sociable nature of the duskies has reinforced the accolade which they hold of being the most acrobatic of all dolphin species. Beautiful images will create lifelong memories of your time spent so close to nature. Allow 3.5 hours for this tour.

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Key Features

  • Ali Pay
  • Bathrooms
  • Bathrooms on board
  • Child-friendly
  • Eftpos/Credit Card
  • Food & Beverages included
  • Free Parking
  • Free Wifi
  • Gear Hire/Rentals
  • Gift Cards available
  • Hot Showers
  • Luggage storage


96 Esplanade,
Kaikōura 7300
New Zealand