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Kaikoura is New Zealand’s premium marine and wildlife destination. You can view sperm whales, dusky dolphins, seals and albatross all year round.

In other months you get to see Orca, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales, Hector dolphins and many other coastal seabirds.

visit Kaikoura to see these amazing marine mammals and birds in their natural habitat.

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$90-$130 (NZD)
Kaikoura Marine Tours
View Fur Seals as they frolic and swim close to the boat. See Albatross as they spread their enormous wings and take flight. Experience the excitement of fishing for your dinner. Then relax on board our boat as we journey along breathtaking ...
$70-$110 (NZD)
Seal Swim Kaikoura
Lonely Planet's 'Top Choice' for Kaikoura activities, swimming with playful NZ Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula truly is a unique experience. We have had a lot of feedback from travelers telling us ...
$95-$175 (NZD)
Dolphin Encounter
In amongst the varied and vibrant sea life found off Kaikoura is the spectacular dusky dolphin, found in pods of up to several hundred strong and one of the most delightfully exuberant characters of the Southern Ocean. Dolphin Encounter operates ...
$75-$150 (NZD)
Air Kaikoura (Kai Aero Club)
** WHALE WATCH FLIGHTS ** View the mighty sperm whale, the largest toothed whale in the world, from the comfort of an aircraft. Typical flights are 30 minute duration over the Kaikoura sea canyon which is situated just off shore, at a depth ranging ...
$60-$125 (NZD)
Albatross Encounter
Albatross Encounter, is a well established pelagic boat tour operating from the seaside township of Kaikoura. Kaikoura is the pelagic seabird capital of New Zealand with a large range of species, including many species of albatross, just 15 minutes ...
The Rodfather
Welcome aboard the Rodfather for the ultimate Kaikoura fishing charter experience. Kaikoura is the only seaside town where the mountains meet the sea. Here you will see the unique marine life and the stunning mountain views of the Kaikoura Ranges ...
$110-$0 (NZD)
Top Catch Charters
Join us for a trip to remember fishing off the beautiful Kaikoura coast. From the minute you climb aboard our purpose built vessel, First Light, you can expect a great time with our friendly skipper, Malcolm Halstead. We will take you to the best ...
Dive Kaikoura
Discover Our Wild Wonders. The Kaikoura coastline is abundant with sea life which makes diving with us an unforgettable experience. We will take you to explore the kelp forests and limestone reefs, home to octopus, crayfish, encrusting sponges and ...
$120-$170 (NZD)
Seamist Fishing Charters
Kaikoura is well known to be one of the best fishing spots in New Zealand not only for sports & hobby fisherman but also for commercial fishing. All the gear you need is supplied and any fish you catch will be filleted and bagged for you ready to ...
$245-$0 (NZD)
South Pacific Helicopters
Whale Watching by South Pacific Helicopters offering bespoke premier helicopter tours, based in beautiful Kaikoura providing a unique perspective soaring above our amazing resident sperm whales (Tip to Tail), dusky dolphins, and NZ fur seals and ...
$75-$180 (NZD)
Wings over Whales
Experience Kaikoura’s mighty Sperm whale, playful Dusky Dolphins, and majestic scenery from above! With towering mountains, panoramic ocean views and a year-round whale and dolphin population, Kaikoura is a spectacular place. Whale watching by ...
$60-$150 (NZD)
Whale Watch Kaikoura
UNFORGETTABLE – Whale Watching Off the Kaikoura coastline is a marine environment so rich in nutrients that it attracts some of the most magnificent creatures with which we share our planet. Among them are Giant Sperm Whales that can grow up to 20 ...
Kaikoura Kayaks
Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator Est 1998. Award winning ½ day guided “Seal Kayaking” tours with 100% seal viewing success and chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins, Blue Penguins and Albatross amongst other marine life. Watch Fur Seals ...
$220-$0 (NZD)
Kaikoura Helicopters
Come and see the entire Whale from ‘head to tail’ with Kaikoura Helicopters - the most experienced aerial whale watching company in the world. Kaikoura Helicopters was established in 1990, and continues to grow and develop as a professional ...