Kaikoura - Cruise Overview

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Get up close and personal to nature with a range of unforgettable experiences available, both on and off the water, from this seaside settlement.

On the east coast of the South Island, where the mountains meet the sea is Kaikoura. This marine wonderland is home to unique wildlife including whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds; all of which are possible to view year round.Kaikoura is an environmental haven and home to some of New Zealand's best eco-tourism experiences, spend a day here and you'll soon discover why.

Popular onshore activities in Kaikoura

  • See the graceful giants of the deep up close with a Whale Watching experience
  • Get a bird's eye view of Sperm Whales off the coast of Kaikoura with Wings Over Whales
  • Join a dolphin swimming tour and get up close and personal with Dusky dolphins
  • Take the Ohau Stream and Waterfall walk to view seals and playful seal pups at Ohau Point seal colony
  • Indulge in scrumptious fresh seafood including crayfish, paua and local fish and discover why Kaikoura is the seafood capital of New Zealand.

Getting around 

Kaikoura is a tender port with harbour facilities at South Bay Marina and North Wharf.

South Bay Marina is 2.5km (1.6 miles) from Kaikoura township and is also the launching point for most water-based tourist operators. 

Recently reconstructed, North Wharf is 2.3km (1.4 miles) from Kaikoura township.

Both provide shuttle services to the township which takes approximately 5 minutes. Pick-ups from local operators is possible by prior arrangement. 

On foot: 

Kaikoura township is compact, making walking very easy. Many cafes, restaurants and tour operators are only a short distance from the centre of town. 

Visit Kaikoura i-SITE for advice on local activities and maps of the area. 


Pre-booked shuttles and day charters are available through Kaikoura shuttles and taxi Ltd. Contact them on +64 319 6166.

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