Kaikōura is undoubtedly the marine capital of New Zealand, with whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds viewed only minutes from shore. Dolphin Encounter Kaikōura(opens in new window) provides visitors with the opportunity to experience one of natures’ most unique experiences, swimming with or just watching the amazingly acrobatic dusky dolphins. These small black dolphins with a white belly inhabit the waters around Kaikōura year-round and pod sizes vary from 100 – 1000 plus.
Go on a Penguin Place tour(opens in new window) in Dunedin to see a working conservation programme and experience undisturbed penguin activity at close range through a unique system of hides and covered tunnels. The reserve is a private conservation effort to save one of the world’s most endangered penguins, the yellow-eyed penguin, from extinction. The reserve is funded entirely through the profits from the operation, so by visiting you are helping to support important conservation efforts.