Kaikoura
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  • Kaikoura: 2.5-hour Albatross Encounter and Wildlife Cruise

    1. Kaikoura: 2.5-hour Albatross Encounter and Wildlife Cruise

    Enjoy this once in a lifetime bird watching experience just 15 minutes of the coast of Kaikoura. Within just a small area, meet one of the greatest varieties of seabirds and pelagic bird life you'll find anywhere in the world. Up to 12 species of albatross alone can be viewed at various times of the year. Equip yourself with your bird identification list, your expert local guide and driver will take you on a journey from the Port out into the open ocean. Enjoy the opportunity to watch the birds come in close to the boat for a unique feeding experience. Throughout the tour, your guide will take you to various different spots to ensure you see as many species as possible. As you make your way back to Kaikoura, come in close to the shore and marvel at the picturesque New Zealand coastline. If you’re lucky, you will have an opportunity to see beautiful fur seals basking in the sunshine.

    This experience was everything we hoped it would be and more. We saw lots of birds, many really close up. Our guide, Gary, was very knowledgeable and amazed us with immediate identification of all the birds we saw. The bonus was seeing lots of young seals on a rock and a very large pod of dolphins..We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend it.

  • Kaikoura Whale Watching Premium Day Tour from Christchurch

    2. Kaikoura Whale Watching Premium Day Tour from Christchurch

    Spend your day getting close to nature on a fully-guided tour to Kaikoura from Christchurch. After pick-up from your Christchurch hotel, travel by road through the rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury and the wine growing region of Waipara. Arrive in Kaikoura where mountains meet the sea and take in the tranquility of the area.   Transfer to a whale watching vessel for an exciting up-close encounter in an area world renowned for its variety of marine mammals. Keep a lookout for the world's largest toothed predator, the Giant Sperm Whale. Marvel at acrobatic Dusky Dolphins and a great variety of marine birdlife. After your whale watching experience, you have time to enjoy lunch; you can upgrade when booking to include a tasty and filling cafe lunch or alternatively bring your own. After lunch, visit a Fur Seal colony on the rocky shores surrounding Kaikoura and see these adorable c...

    Bus to the boat was cool, boarding quick and easy, commentary was great and thankful we got to see a whale.

  • Kaikoura Day Tour & Whale Watching Cruise from Christchurch

    3. Kaikoura Day Tour & Whale Watching Cruise from Christchurch

    Some of the most majestic creatures in the sea are waiting in the waters of Kaikoura and you can see them up close! Enjoy a cruise into the beauty of the Pacific, get to know the countryside, and admire the pure natural beauty of New Zealand. After pick-up from your hotel, your guide leads you out on a scenic drive across the Canterbury plains, sharing some knowledge about the environment as you make your way to Kaikoura. When you arrive in town, take a tour around the peninsula that forms its southern tip and look for fur seals relaxing in their natural environment. Once you've had some free time to explore, step aboard a modern catamaran and voyage out to meet some whales. Watch the seas for an up-close encounter with the giant sperm whales that frequent the coastal waters, and get a chance to see fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and rare wandering albatross along the way. After you...

    It was such a good day - would highly recommend! Our tour guide Alan was very friendly and informative, and we got to see two whales! It was an amazing experience and I’d really recommend. The only problem was that Get Your Guide said we should meet at 8am (and to be there at least 15 mins early) but the actual meeting time was 8.30am. Bear that in mind!

  • Kaikoura: Sunset Kayaking Tour

    4. Kaikoura: Sunset Kayaking Tour

    Join your guide as you kayak during sunset to experience the stunning glow of the seaward-facing Kaikoura Mountains. Have the chance to watch seals dive and maneuver around and under your kayak as the sunsets. Paddle with them as they swim around the peninsula hunting for octopus. Along the way keep an eye out for blue penguins or albatross and have a possible encounter with dusky dolphins. Your kayak is enclosed, safe, stable, and easily steered using a rudder. It's fast on the water, but still keeps you warm and dry. Your qualified and experienced local guide will teach you how to handle the kayak and paddle you through areas used years ago by local Maori and early whalers. Enjoy watching the light change as the day draws to an end.

    I really enjoyed my kayaking tour! We got to see lots of seals and our guide was great. Would definitely recommend.

  • Kaikoura: Guided Family Kayaking Adventure

    5. Kaikoura: Guided Family Kayaking Adventure

    Hop into a kayak and paddle around the beautiful coastal waters of New Zealand for up to 2 hours. Take in the unique landscapes as you go or enjoy the thrill of getting right up close to New Zealand's unique marine life. Spot the curious fur seals swimming and diverse range of birds, fish, and more. Listen to a short briefing explaining how to gear up, paddle, and steer your kayak. Then with full confidence, embark on this adventure. The highly stable sea kayaks allow children to safely enjoy the kayaking experience with an adult paddling right behind them. Professional, qualified guides will remain close to you throughout the kayaking time. Take photos of the amazing mountainous region around you, absorb the sheer sublime rocks, and meet some playful New Zealand Fur Seals.

  • Kaikoura: Half-Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

    6. Kaikoura: Half-Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

    Begin your adventure in the town of Kaikoura where you will meet your professional guides. Receive a short safety briefing and paddling lesson before being allocated all the necessary equipment for the tour. Head out on the waters of the beautiful ocean surrounding the city. Kayak along the Kaikoura coastline, where you will take in the magnificent views of sheer cliff faces, craggy rocks, and mountain ranges while searching for chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. Experience the excitement of watching cute fur seals ducking, weaving, and diving around your kayak. During your tour, you will have the opportunity to paddle gently along with these beautiful animals as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of octopus. This tour is suitable for all ages and abilities while operating year-round, and doesn't require any previous kayaking...

    The guides were very knowledgeable and displayed unbelievable customer service! The views on the water were to die for

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What people are saying about Kaikoura

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 9 reviews

We got an awesome and friendly driver, our guide, Scott, for informative commentary on the way to whale watching activity. Great thanks to Scott for takiing there. Also there was a professional, informative, helpful and friendly team on board. The team tried their best to help tracing the whales and eventually the world’s largest whales, Blue Whales were viewed. Great thanks to the team for making our trip fantastic and unforgettable!

This experience was everything we hoped it would be and more. We saw lots of birds, many really close up. Our guide, Gary, was very knowledgeable and amazed us with immediate identification of all the birds we saw. The bonus was seeing lots of young seals on a rock and a very large pod of dolphins..We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend it.

The day was just great. My group had a great guide (Emma). Don't worry if you are going on this adventure alone and / or have no experience with a kayak ... Emma will show you everything and explain how it works!

This was a wonderful experience. We are novice kayakers but handled the trip quite well. Beautiful trip, saw sosme wildlife, had a great guide and saw a beautiful sunset over the magnificent mountains.

I really enjoyed my kayaking tour! We got to see lots of seals and our guide was great. Would definitely recommend.