Visit Kaikoura for cycling, stunning scenic flights, whale watching and other wildlife encounters. Add these top 8 experiences to your Kaikoura itinerary.
Seal swimming in Kaikoura(opens in new window) is something that everyone can enjoy, whether you choose to take a tour from the shore or a boat tour the experienced guides will take you on a safe and exciting swim with playful and graceful New Zealand Fur Seals.
Traditionally known for its marine wildlife Kaikoura is also the perfect place to see a range of seabirds. Albatross Encounters(opens in new window) run cruises to take visitors out to see seabirds including Albatross, Petrels, Shearwaters, Gulls, Shags and Terns.
For an inland adventure head off road with Glenstrae 4 Wheeler Adventures. These action packed tours will take you into the farmland and native bush surrounding Kaikoura - with the opportunity to take in stunning views of the Kaikoura coastline and mountains, Hamuri Bluffs and local wildlife.
For a 100% guarantee of seeing a seal then take a Seal Kayaking tour(opens in new window), with the chance of seeing dolphins as well! Kayak tours from Kaikoura are completely eco friendly and led by local guides who will ensure you get the most out of your time on the water.
If you would like to experience a unique view of Kaikoura's wildlife then take a 30 minute fixed wing flight(opens in new window) and watch for giant sperm whales from the air or fly further afield on a scenic tour of the spectacular mountains and sea around Kaikoura. Alternatively enjoy a helicopter flight(opens in new window) for whale watching and for access to the Kaikoura Seaward Ranges for 360 degree views.
For a spectacular sight of several hundred Dusky Dolphins playing in the waters off Kaikoura join a Dolphin Encounter Tour.(opens in new window) For an even more unique experience you can also swim with the dolphins - a truly unforgettable New Zealand memory.
Enjoy a two day walk along Kaikoura’s Coast Track(opens in new window) - offering views of Kaikoura Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, this private walk is an ideal way to explore the Kaikoura region. Hosts will arrange for your luggage to be transferred so you can walk freely throughout the day, and enjoy accommodation at local farms at night.
For an encounter with a marine giant, step aboard a whale watching cruise(opens in new window) from Kaikoura to view Giant Sperm Whales that grow up to 20 metres and weigh 50 tonnes which can be seen all year round.
Getting around New Zealand is easy with familiar road signs and a great range of transport options available.
There are plenty of accommodation options for every budget and travel style.
Visit NZ in Spring or Autumn to enjoy warm weather, spectacular colours, lower prices & short queues.