Kaikoura Attractions and Activities

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Kaikoura is one of the most breathtaking locations in the South Island of New Zealand, situated on a rugged peninsula which thrusts into the Pacific Ocean from the edge of a spectacular mountain range. This is an amazing natural environment offering a range of exciting sea, land, wildlife, cultural and sporting adventures and attractions. Home of New Zealand's Whale Watching Tours and an array of fishing and diving charters, kayaking and even the chance to swim with the dusky dolphins!

Your best choice of holiday park accommodation with a great central location to whale watch, easy access to the Kaikoura Cycle Track and a short 10 minute walk to the town centre.

A long soak in one of our hot pools or a refreshing summer splash in our heated pool is the perfect way to relax after a day of adventure.

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Kaikoura is located half way between Christchurch and Picton on the rugged east coast of the South Island of New Zealand where the rocky coastline meets with the majestic Kaikoura mountain range.

Kaikoura is a fantastic year round destination and well known for its magnificent marine life. Tour operators such as ‘Whale Watch Kaikoura’ will take you out with a guarantee to view the mighty sperm whales that are just a short distance from the coastline by purpose built boats, an unforgettable experience as you witness the whale tail farewell as they dive to the depths. ‘Wings over Whales’ and ‘South Pacific Helicopters’ offer scenic flights over Kaikoura to see the whales from the air above giving a different perspective of them on the surface, resting before diving, an incredible sight.

‘Dolphin Encounter’ and ‘Albatross Encounter’ offer friendly tours to see marine life such as seals and birdlife and the opportunity to swim with resident Dusky dolphins, known for their huge pods, acrobatic leaps and interactive behaviour with swimmers in their natural environment. See the Royal Albatross in flight and on the water with ‘Albatross Encounter’ which gets you closer to a wide array of sea birdlife than anywhere else in New Zealand. Other popular sea tours are ‘Kaikoura Kayaks’ and 'Seal Kayak Kaikoura' . Hire a kayak to go exploring the coastline yourself or join a guided tour to see seals close up, dusky dolphins and sometimes whales and orcas as they cruise close to the coastline.

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Whale Watching trips in Kaikoura

Kaikoura is world renowned for it's abundant marine life. Whale Watch Kaikoura is one of the most popular tourist attractions and ranked in the top 101 must do’s in New Zealand. View the mighty Sperm Whale from boats that have been custom designed for whale watching and ensuring passenger comfort with a team of friendly skippers and guides experienced at interacting with the whales and other marine life.

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Swim with Dolphins in Kaikoura

Dolphin Encounter tours in Kaikoura provide boat trips to swim with the dolphins or view the huge pods of Dusky dolphins in the wild as they perform playful acrobatic jumps and high speed manoeuvres in these marine rich waters of the Kaikoura coast, providing an exhilarating experience to the visitor all set in a natural environment with a backdrop of the snow capped Kaikoura ranges.


Whale Watching Flights Kaikoura

Arieal whale watching is an all year round activity in Kaikoura, and Wings over Whales have a 95% success rate of seeing Sperm whales and other whale species. There is no better way to experience seeing whales than from above as they prepare for their next dive to the ocean depths, large pods of dusky dolphins can also be seen and the last part of the flight takes you over Kaikoura, taking in the backdrop of the snow capped mountains of the Kaikoura Ranges.


Sea Kayaking trips Kaikoura

Matt from Kaikoura Kayaks offers self hire or half day guided kayak tours to paddle with local marine life. Get an up close and down low experience with seals  and paddle with them as they dive and manoeuver around you hunting for octopus. As you paddle along the Kaikoura coastline there are chance encounters with ‘Hector’ and ‘Dusky’ dolphins and hundreds of pelagic birds. On occasions Orca may be seen cruising through the shallows in this fabulous natural environment.

If you prefer not to use your arms so much Levi at Seal Kayak Kaikoura offer trips on pedal kayaks which allow you to be handsfree! This is a great option for taking photos of the fur seals and wildlife. Both Kayak companies offer sunset tours which are a personal favorite of ours. Theres nothing like an ocean sunset!


Albatross Encounters Kaikoura

Kaikoura’s best kept secret is it’s incredible diversity of pelagic (ocean going) birds. There are 17 species of albatross that frequent the coastal Kaikoura waters. The Kaikoura Albatross Encounter tour is an unbelievable experience which takes you to feed the many pelagic species of seabirds including the majestic albatross that visit the Kaikoura coastline. Watch them squabble over food and see who dominates. Albatross Encounter gets you up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world!. A fantastic trip for birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts.

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Kaikoura Museum

Located in the landmark “craypot” building, in Kaikoura’s West End, our award winning Museum offers a modern and relaxed environment with a contemporary and fun approach to telling the stories of Kaikoura’s natural, social and cultural journey.

Through our impressive collections, exhibitions, events and programmes we bring to life the richness of our unique heritage inspiring visitors to explore and enjoy Kaikoura’s diverse and colourful history.

This is a great rainy day option!


Kaikoura Fishing Charters & trips

Kaikoura is known as a fishing town. There are several fishing charters that offer visitors the experience of fishing off shore.

An Experienced Crew = Better Results.


Diving trips with Daves' Diving


Whether it is your first time or if you are a seasoned diver, Dave's Diving can assist you with all your diving needs from diving courses and trips to equipment hire. Kaikoura has some surprisingly fantastic diving spots- give it a go!


Whale Watch Kaikoura Helicopters

Experience the ultimate way to see Kaikoura from the air and explore the rugged Kaikoura coastline and the towering peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges. With South pacific helicopters, you get to see just how big the entire whale is as they hover and orbit above them. See the incredible pods of dusky dolphins or if you have a sense of adventure then experience our other scenic flights to the famous blue lake, Mt Fyffe or even a ‘Heli/Hike’ and ‘Heli/picnic’. Its a unique once in a lifetime experience!




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