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  • Address: Kaikoura, New Zealand
If you like the water and all things that call it home, you will like Kaikoura. Marine mammals tend to capture visitors' attention in this coastal town tucked in between the Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean.

Whales, fur seals, and dolphins swim and jump in the waters here, meaning whale-watching trips run several times a day throughout the year. If you're willing to zip up a wetsuit, you can swim near dolphins in the open ocean or New Zealand fur seals in the shallow waters of the Kaikoura Peninsula.

Prefer to stay warm and dry? You can hike the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway to visit a seal colony, take a bird-watching tour, or visit the colonial whaler's cottage known as the Fyffe House. While just 3,600 people call Kaikoura home, more than 800,000 folks visit each year.

Practical Info

Kaikoura is about a two-hour drive north of Christchurch, making it an easy day trip option from the city. Set in northern Canterbury on the east coast of the South Island, Kaikoura's seaside location makes the peninsula a sought-after destination for visitors.

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Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, null
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Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Leave the city behind and come on a scenic 4WD journey over the Canterbury Plains. This tour is sure to suit everyone with an included whale watch tour on a ...  Read more

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $232.43
Kaikoura Whale and Dolphin Overnight Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Day Trips
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Kaikoura Whale and Dolphin Overnight Tour from Christchurch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $435.08
Kaikoura Quad Bike Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Kaikoura Quad Bike Tour from Christchurch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

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 $236.06
InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton, Wellington, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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InterIslander Ferry - Wellington to Picton

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 Reviews

InterIslander offers daily ferry services across Cook Strait linking New Zealand's North and South Islands. Cruise across in 3-hours whilst traveling in ...  Read more

Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.75
Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Ferry Services
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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 $254.22
InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington, Picton, Swim with Dolphins
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InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Jump aboard a the interIslander daily ferry service across Cook Strait; the stretch of water separating the South and North Islands of New Zealand. Not just ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $51.75
Kaikoura Albatross Encounter Tour from Christchurch, Christchurch, Ferry Services
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Kaikoura Albatross Encounter Tour from Christchurch

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

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 $225.17
5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip, Auckland, Day Trips
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5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 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 $1,161.44

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