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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

Experience the natural treasures of New Zealand on a Kaikoura whale-watching cruise. Look for impressive sperm whales along with migrating humpbacks and southern right whales, and search the waters for orcas and other dolphins as an experienced guide shares informative commentary. Visit a New Zealand fur seal colony on land, glimpse the snowy peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges and top off your full-day tour with a wine-tasting in North Canterbury. Includes optional lunch, with round-trip hotel transport from Christchurch to the picturesque town of Kaikoura.
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  • 11 hours
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  • 11 hours

Auckland Dolphin and Whale Watching Cruise

Cruise the waters of Hauraki Gulf Marine Park in search of whales, dolphins and penguins on a half-day tour from Auckland. You’ll board a spacious catamaran at Viaduct Harbour and hear expert guides share informative commentary about New Zealand’s natural wonders. During the whale and dolphin safari, keep an eye out for six types of whales that frequent these waters, as well as seabirds such as Australasian gannets, petrels and terns.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat

Located on the eastern shores of New Zealand’s South Island, Kaikoura is famous for the spectacular array of marine wildlife living off its shores—but to see the best of it, you have to take to the waves. On this tour, cruise into Kaikoura’s deep waters by speedy catamaran with running commentary throughout from your guide, and spot dolphins, seals, and sperm whales in their natural habitat.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch including Coastal Pacific Train

Soak in the natural beauty of New Zealand with a full-day tour to Kaikoura from Christchurch. Start with transfer to the Coastal Pacific Train for the journey north to Kaikoura, then transfer to a sturdy boat for your whale-watching cruise. Have lunch afterward, then visit a New Zealand fur seal colony and winery on the return drive to Christchurch.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 12 hours
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Akaroa Harbour Nature Cruise

Experience majestic scenery and stunning wildlife, including Hector’s dolphins, blue penguins and birdlife, on a narrated 2-hour Akaroa Harbour cruise. Ride a spacious luxury catamaran with prime views of the harbor’s sea caves and volcanic cliffs. Your skipper stops at a salmon farm in Lucas Bay and takes you past a New Zealand fur seal colony at Seal Bay.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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Air Whale Watching in Kaikoura

Enjoy two unforgettable experiences combined into one exciting activity: whale watching plus a scenic flight. Kaikoura is famous as a place to go on whale-watching tours, and this tour from the air is a thrilling twist on the more conventional activity. From the air you can really appreciate the size of Sperm whales. Also spot other marine life, like dolphins, while checking out the spectacular coastal and mountain scenery.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation

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Akaroa Dolphins | Harbour Nature Cruises

At the core, we’re a family business with our management team being 5th & 6th generation Banks Peninsula locals. Alongside our family members, we have a passionate team who are committed to you having a once-in-a-lifetime experience!We keep our passenger groups small so that you have more room to move around the boat, and enjoy your cruise without overcrowding or missing dolphin sightings due to a shortage of viewing space. Our boat has a low-lying profile which means you get closer to the wildlife!When you board our boat you’ll be offered a complimentary drink. Choose from beer, award-winning local wine or non-alcoholic options. You’ll also enjoy our famous home-baked treats made from our family recipe and served to you by our delightful onboard crew.We are committed to the conservation of our harbour's environment and wildlife. After all, it’s the centre point of our business.Please note, boarding is 15 minutes prior to departure, with check-in 30 minutes before this time.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton

Slip into Marlborough Sounds for a swim alongside pods of wild dolphins, with certified guides to help find the dolphins and ensure the tour is dolphin-friendly. Watch for dusky, bottlenose, common, orca, and Hector’s dolphins, and if conditions allow, you’ll have the chance to view the dolphins from inside the water. This dolphin tour includes wetsuits with hoods and booties, as well as hot drinks on board the boat, and round-trip transport from the Picton waterfront.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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  • 2 to 4 hours

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Kaikoura Whale and Dolphin Overnight Tour from Christchurch

A Kaikoura whale-watching cruise and dolphin swim are the highlights of this delightful 2-day nature tour, round-trip from Christchurch. Your marine experience includes a visit to a New Zealand fur seal colony and suiting up in snorkel gear to swim alongside the amazing dusky dolphins. Stay overnight with 5-star accommodation in this tiny coastal town after a scenic drive by coach through North Canterbury, and stop for complimentary wine tasting on the return journey.
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  • 2 days
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  • 2 days

Captain Cook and Dolphin Cruise

Set anchor at Ship Cove, a sheltered bay of Queen Charlotte Sound where Captain James Cook landed in the late 1700s. During this half-day nature cruise in the Marlborough Sounds, enthusiastic marine biologists point out wildlife including New Zealand fur seals and several species of dolphins: Hector's, bottlenose and dusky. Spot rare seabirds and learn about the history between Cook and the Maori people of Aotearoa while you’re treated to refreshments on board.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation

Premier Helicopter Whale Watch

Hover above Kaikoura Canyon on an unforgettable helicopter flight in search of year-round sperm whales. If sighted, you’ll orbit the length of an entire whale while listening to your pilot’s commentary. Search the waters of the Kaikoura Peninsula for other marine life before an alpine landing in the Seaward Kaikoura Range. Please note, this is the only whale-watching helicopter tour fully permitted by New Zealand's Department of Conservation.
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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Kaikoura Ultimate Adventure

The mountains, beaches, and dramatic coastline of Kaikoura are even more impressive from above. On this tour, soar overhead on a thrilling helicopter flight and enjoy a spectacular aerial view of Kaikoura, Clarence River Valley, and the Papatea Fault. Look out for whales, dolphins, and fur seals as you swoop along the Pacific Coast, then touchdown at Hapuku lake to admire the stunning scenery up close.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Heli-Whale Watch Explorer

Marvel at Kaikoura’s local whale population from the sky on this short helicopter tour over the Kaikoura coast. Get impressive, head-to-tail views of the sperm whales that live in the Hikurangi Marine Reserve on this unique whale-watching opportunity, led by the only helicopter company that is certified by the Department of Conversation to carry out aerial whale-watching tours.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 30 minutes
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Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch

Whale-watching is a popular pastime for visitors to Kaikoura, which means that the town’s many whale-watching cruises can get crowded. On this private helicopter tour, see Kaikoura’s year-round whale populations without jostling for a spot to see them. Fly over the migratory routes for sperm whales, humpback whales and more, seeing the whales from tail to tip. After your whale-watching, take in the rest of the dramatic Kaikoura scenery with a flight over the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges and the Kaikoura Peninsula.
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  • 45 minutes
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation


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