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Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura, New Zealand – With a population of approximately 3,900 Kaikoura lies on a rocky peninsula near lush farmlands beneath the mountains. Captain Cook first discovered the peninsula believing it to be an island! Kaikoura is part of the popular Alpine Pacific Triangle – a touring route which links it with Hanmer Springs and the Waipara Valley Wine District.

Kaikoura whale watch day tour from Christchurch, Photo Credit: Miles Holden


Experience Kaikoura

  • Whales, dolphins, fur seals
  • Archeological remains and Maori Pa sites
  • Snow-capped mountains – rugged rocky coastline
  • Crayfish…crayfish…and more crayfish (Kai, the Maori word for food, Koura – crayfish)



You´ll ❤️ these great things to see & do…

  • Swim with dusky dolphins and watch the wandering albatross
  • Experience Kaikoura whale watch day tour from Christchurch
  • Experience the wilderness walk of a lifetime
  • Stop off at Ninn’s Bin and buy a “cray”
  • Check out the stunning Maori Leap Cave
  • Kaikoura coasf dining af Encounter Kaikoura
  • Take the Alpine Triangle Touring Route


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Today, the emphasis in Kaikoura is on the conservation of marine life, allowing visitors from all over the world to appreciate ocean life. Several different species of whale can be seen at different times of year. The clean sharp fin of the Orca is often sighted and schools of pilot whales are occasional visitors. The fun loving Dusky Dolphin is everywhere, Fur seals, once almost hunted to extinction are now plentiful here.


The Best Tours & Day Trips in Kaikoura

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Albatross & Seabird Watching Tour Kaikoura

Albatross & Seabird Watching Tour Kaikoura Kaikoura is a well-known birding destination famous for its diverse seabirds and pelagic birdlife. You can take a boat tour designed for this purpose, which accommodates only 12 people per trip to ensure the best chance of seeing birds up close. It takes just 15 minutes to reach the birdlife, during which you can enjoy the magnificent views of the stunning Kaikoura Coast. The tour lasts for about 2.5 hours, providing ample time to observe the majestic albatross and other species. The onboard staff is knowledgeable, and there is an identification guide, a full species list, and a souvenir information pack to help you learn more about the birds you see....
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Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa   Located in the center of town, Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools & Spa is a large thermal complex situated in an alpine environment that boasts extensive native gardens. The complex offers a variety of pools including thermal mineral, sulfur, and freshwater pools. There is also a large children's activity area. With 22 outdoor thermal pools to relax in and four hydro slides, there is always something for everyone. You can soak in the mineral-filled hot pools while enjoying the stunning view of giant redwood trees and mountains above, or enjoy some fun activities in the freshwater leisure pools and waterslides. Tour includes the convenience of complimentary pi....
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Kaikoura Day Tour incl. Whale Watch

Kaikoura Whale Watching Tour

North Canterbury, Whale Watching & Dusky Dolphins

Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road from Christchurch through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On your arrival in Kaikoura you will be transferred to a whale watch tour; by boat, light aircraft or helicopter, the choice is yours. In the afternoon you will visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close....
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Kaikoura Sightseeing Tour

Kaikoura Sightseeing Tour

Whalers Cottage - Point Kean - Peninsula Lookout Point - South Bay - Ohau Seal Lookout

Join us for an introductory tour that takes you to the beautiful Kaikoura peninsula. During the tour, you will have a chance to stop and learn about the historic Whalers Cottage, located at the tip of the peninsula. After that, we will continue to Point Kean, where you can enjoy breathtaking sea views, explore interesting rock formations, and spot some seals sunbathing. We will then head to the stunning Peninsula Lookout Point, where you can take some amazing photos of the surrounding scenery. Next, we will drive through South Bay and the Marina area before....
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Native Forest Tour Kaikoura & Ziplining

Native Forest Kaikoura   Depart from central Kaikoura by minivan and take a short drive to Rakanui Station. This stunning working farm is surrounded by native-tree-covered hills, verdant valleys, braided rivers, and cascading waterfalls. Enjoy the breathtaking 360-degree views of the snow-capped mountains, blue lakes, and shimmering inland plains. Transfer to a 4x4 vehicle to cross the river and valley, passing grazing livestock and winding upwards to a scenic backdrop of towering mountains. Expert local guides will accompany you and share stories of the land and people. They will also explain how your participation is helping to restore sections of farmland to native forests.

Five Epic Ziplines

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Whale Watch Tour Kaikoura

Whale Watching Tour Kaikoura   Kaikōura in New Zealand is known as the whale-watching capital of the world. 80% of the world's whale and dolphin species migrate past the Kaikoura coastline. Hence, there are always opportunities to spot other species of marine mammals. Minibus departs from central Christchurch or central Kaikoura.

Kaikoura Whale Watching from Christchurch

The modern catamarans used for whale watching have enclosed passenger cabins and spacious outdoor decks, which offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Inside, the boats have comfortable seating and large plasma screens that display award-winning marine wildlife animations. The tour's main goal is to locate and view the Giant Sperm Whal....
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Whale Watching Cruise Kaikoura (3 hours)

Whale Watch Kaikoura   Whale Watching Cruise Kaikoura: Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale-watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we advise to book early.

What is Whale Watching?

Every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering....
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