What to do in Kaikoura

Whale watching tours are Kaikoura’s most popular attraction. The boats approach to within about 100m of the whales so you are guaranteed a breath-taking spectacle. Whales are seen 95% of the time.

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel based whale watching company offering an exciting up-close encounter with the worlds largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year. Their 95% success rate means they guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.

https://www.whalewatch.co.nz/

Freephone 0800 655 121

 

Dolphin encounter gives you two different ways to enjoy our famous dusky dolphin pods, either from the comfort of the boat or right up close and in-person in the water

Dolphins are some of nature’s most extraordinary and captivating creatures. And they’re even more amazing close-up. Immerse yourself in their world with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, an unforgettable experience in one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking destinations.

https://www.dolphinencounter.co.nz/

Freephone: 0800 733 365

 

The Kaikoura coast is rich in fish and this gives us several large seal colonies. Some seal colonies are easily accessed on foot or by car or you can experience kayaking with seals for that close-up experience.

Seal Swim Kaikōura is a totally unique experience. They operate from 1st of November to 1st of May (closed through the winter) and offer swimming with Kekeno (New Zealand Fur Seals) in their own spectacular marine environment on the beautiful East Coast of the South Island.

https://www.sealswimkaikoura.co.nz/

Freephone: 0800 732 579

A short fifteen-minute boat ride out from the Kaikoura coast, and you're in an entirely new world, where you'll discover a large variety of pelagic birds including albatross, shearwaters, petrels, penguins, gannets, skuas, terns and more. It's a feeling of total freedom and wonder.

Albatross Encounter Welcome to our corner of the world, where majestic birds soar and dive over stunning waters beneath endless sky. Discover many species of albatross and pelagic birds on your Albatross Encounter tour, an unforgettable experience in one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking destinations.

https://albatrossencounter.co.nz/

Freephone: 0800 733 365

Our guided walking adventures traverse the untamed wilderness of the Valley of the Feathers, through native forest, over sparkling streams and across the dramatic alpine terrain of the Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve. Walk below the legendary "Te Ao Whekere" into the World of the Gods. Our professional and knowledgeable guides will have you captivated with their insights into the history, evolution and biodiversity of this world-famous landscape and geological wonders. Join us for a Kaikoura Wilderness Experience, learn about the stories of Puhi Peaks Station.

Puhi Peaks Station guided walking adventures traverse the untamed wilderness of the Valley of the Feathers, through native forest, over sparkling streams and across the dramatic alpine terrain of the Puhi Peaks Nature Reserve. Walk below the legendary "Te Ao Whekere" into the World of the Gods.

http://puhipeakskaikoura.nz/

Freephone 0800 945 337

All types of fishing are popular in Kaikoura and there’s a fishing charter to suit everyone, whether it’s a family with children, fishing newbie or seasoned angler. The most commonly caught fish here are; Blue Cod, Grouper, Sea Perch and of course Crayfish.

Fishing:  There is all sorts of fishing available in Kaikoura, whether it’s from the old pier at the south end of the main bay, from the beaches of either bay, from a kayak or on a fishing charter.

There are many fishing charter operations in Kaikoura and some are listed here: https://fishingbooker.com/destinations/location/nz/kaikoura

 

Experience the excitement of watching Fur Seals ducking, weaving and diving around your kayak. Paddle gently along with them as they swim around the Kaikoura Peninsula hunting for their favourite feed of Octopus. But be sure to keep your distance as they devour their delicious dinner in front of you, then watch in amazement as hundreds of Pelagic (ocean going) birds swoop in to clean up the tasty left-overs.

Kayaking is a great way to explore the Kaikoura coast and get up close to seals and albatrosses. There are two companies that offer guided kayaking trips.

Kaikoura Kayaks: https://kaikourakayaks.nz/

Seal Kayak Kaikoura: https://www.sealkayakkaikoura.com/

Explore the stunning Kaikōura Coastline, famous for its marine mammals and whale watching, through the idyllic Canterbury Plains to the Garden City of Christchurch. Travelling between Christchurch and Picton, the Coastal Pacific journeys breathtakingly close to the Pacific Ocean, where the roaring sea meets enormous bush-clad mountains. The Coastal Pacific isn't just a scenic activity, combined with the Interislander Ferry it is the perfect way to connect between Wellington, Blenheim, Kaikoura and Christchurch.

Whether you are travelling on the Coastal Pacific train from Christchurch to Picton in the crisp early morning or from Picton to Christchurch in the afternoon sun, the Coastal Pacific's journey along the South Island's north-east coast is one to savour.

From craggy coastal cliffs and rocky outcrops to modern vineyards and rustic farmsteads, the Coastal Pacific cruises through the full spectrum of New Zealand culture and character. Throw in a healthy dose of seals, seagulls, dolphins and the occasional whale, and the Coastal Pacific train easily ranks as one of best days out in New Zealand.

Coastal Pacific railway: https://www.greatjourneysofnz.co.nz/coastal-pacific/experience/the-journey/

Experience Kaikoura’s mighty Sperm whale, playful Dusky Dolphins, and majestic scenery from above! The scenic flights showcase the very best of Kaikoura: from Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges, to the Pacific Ocean and the Kaikoura Peninsula.

To appreciate the beauty and contrasts of Kaikoura, there is nothing better than seeing it from the air. Experience for yourself the stunning beauty of a place where mountains meet the sea, and marine life abounds. Scenic flights and whale watching are available in both plane and helicopter from four different operators.

Scenic flights: https://www.kaikoura.co.nz/see-do/scenic-flights/

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