Travel through the rolling hill country of North Canterbury, enjoying the beauty of its rural pastoral scenes, to Kaikoura where the mountains meet the sea.

Only three hours from Christchurch, the rugged coastline around Kaikoura offers magnificent scenery and panoramic views, and is a delight for all those who wish to get close to nature, go whale watching, and swim with dolphins.

Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of birds and marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins.

Take the Dolphin Encounter, where you will be fully equipped with wet suit, mask, snorkel and flippers in order to swim in the sea with the Dusky Dolphins. Dive into the oceans and swim next to these amazing mammals in a marine experience unmatched by any other. There is also the opportunity to visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters.

Kaikoura has one of the largest number of different types of seabirds within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastlines. Within close proximity of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, see a considerable array of albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls. Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds.

You may stop on the returning journey at a North Canterbury vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure.

Those in need of even more of a thrill can take a 4 wheel quad bike through spectacular hill country, native bush, river beds and streams. You're in for a full day of action-packed adventure!

Returning to Christchurch by train on the TranzCoastal is one of the world's most scenic train journeys. See wildlife and stunning rugged coastline in the comfort of your train carriage.

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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

Experience the natural treasures of New Zealand on a whale-watching cruise from the picturesque town of Kaikoura. Look for the mighty sperm whales that ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hrs

From USD $214.87

Kaikoura Whale Watch Tour from Christchurch including Coastal Pacific Train Journey

4.5 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Spend the day getting close to nature on this Kaikoura Whale Watching tour from Christchurch. Travel by road through the rolling hill country of North ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 10.5 hours

From USD $278.66

Kaikoura Quad Bike Tour from Christchurch

Embark on an action-packed off-road adventure to the rugged Kaikoura coastline on this quad bike tour from Christchurch. Enjoy eastern New Zealand's beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.77

Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Discover magnificent marine wildlife out on the South Pacific Ocean during this 12-hour Kaikoura dolphin swim from Christchurch. Travel through the rolling ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.02

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Journey through the North Island of New Zealand and explore Waitomo, Rotorua and Lake Taupo, and discover the natural beauty of Kaikoura and Christchurch on ...  Read more

Location: Auckland or Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $1,140.83

Kaikoura Whale and Dolphin Overnight Tour from Christchurch

Watch whales and swim with dolphins. This is a overnight delight for all those who wish to get close to nature. Journey from Christchurch to Kaikoura, where ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 2 days / 1 night

From USD $386.10

Kaikoura Albatross Encounter Tour from Christchurch

Kaikoura is famous for whales and dolphins and arguably one of the world's most exciting arenas for ocean going birds. This full day tour accompanies the ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $194.73

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