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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
Kaikoura Marine Tours provides small personal Eco Tours (max 8 people) that are fun, informative and educational. The Eco Tour focus is on Kaikoura’s marine ecosystem and specifically seals, seabirds, and fish. The tour includes seal and albatross ...
$55-$180 (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. Kaikoura’s Dusky ...
$75-$150 (NZD)
Air Kaikoura (Kaikoura Aero Club)
Whale Watch Flights Whale Watching in Kaikoura will be a highlight of your trip to New Zealand. Air Kaikoura Aero Club was the first to offer Whale Watching flights in Kaikoura and for the last 30 years has been providing amazing whale experiences. ...
$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
The RodFather crew has been running fishing and diving charters out of Kaikoura for over 12 years. The Kaikoura coastline, situated on the east coast of the upper South Island of New Zealand, offers an incredible fishing and diving ...
$110-$0 (NZD)
Top Catch Fishing 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. Seamist Fishing Charters operates full & half day fishing charters from Kaikoura. The Owner and Skipper ...
$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
Whale Watch Flights 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 ...
$60-$110 (NZD)
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 ...
$60-$95 (NZD)
Seal Kayak Kaikoura
Seal Kayak Kaikoura is the first kayak tour of its kind in New Zealand, that allows you to either pedal or paddle. You’re going to love how easy it is to kayak in and around our beautiful Kaikoura peninsula using the Hobie Mirage Drive Pedal. We ...
$60-$150 (NZD)
Whale Watch Kaikoura
Whale Watch Kaikōura – Come visit the locals at our place Off the Kaikōura 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 ...
$245-$785 (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. Lift off from our centrally located heli – pads and within minutes be in the spectacular ...
$70-$120 (NZD)
Seal Swim Kaikoura (Open in Summer)
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 travellers telling us ...
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Friendly owner/operator Tomo will take you on a fun, educational and breath taking fishing tour. You will lift cray fish pots to check for the mighty NZ Rock Lobster then head out a few minutes to the fishing grounds, drop your line and feel the ...