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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat

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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
  • Free Cancellation
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USD97.69
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USD97.69

Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

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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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USD209.55
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Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch

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Be enchanted on a Kaikoura dolphin swim during a 12-hour day trip from Christchurch. Travel via the rolling hills of North Canterbury to the rugged Kaikoura coastline, a whale-watching paradise where you’ll board a sightseeing boat and dive into the Pacific Ocean with a provided wetsuit and snorkel. Swim alongside dusky dolphins in their natural habitat and learn from your guide how to encourage interaction with one of nature’s most graceful and curious sea mammals.
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  • 12 hours
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USD228.60
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Kaikoura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watch flight

Kaikoura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watch flight

Helicopters depart from our centrally located beach front helipads, lifting off on your scenic helicopter tour to view the Kaikoura Coast. View Sperm Whales from head to tail, offering you a unique and uninterrupted vantage point of these magnificent marine mammals. Enjoy the true Kaikoura 'where the mountains meet the sea' experience by further exploring the Seaward Kaikoura ranges and a Alpine landing with magnificent views.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD349.25
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Wildlife Sea Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

Wildlife Sea Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

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Explore the coast of Kaikoura from a unique perspective – by kayak. Paddle through protected waters to see an array of wildlife, potentially including dolphins, seals and even whales (in season). With small group sizes and a certified guide leading the way, this half-day tour is perfect for nature lovers who want the chance to get up close with some of New Zealand's most iconic animals.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD82.55
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Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura

Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura

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Experience one of Kaikoura’s must-do activities–whale watching–without risking seasickness when you take a scenic flight. The whales are tracked so you won’t waste time flying in the wrong direction. Enjoy unobstructed views of sperm whales, dolphins, and possibly other migratory whales from a safe, high-winged aircraft. Also admire the beautiful Kaikoura coastline and the mountains beyond.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD120.65
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Kayaking Adventure in Kaikoura

Kayaking Adventure in Kaikoura

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Explore the Kaikoura coast on a hands-free kayak tour with an experienced guide. Use your feet to pedal your boat, so your hands are free to snap photos of New Zealand fur seals and the scenic shoreline. Choose one of three kayak tours: follow a route to the best spots for viewing seals, penguins and albatross, watch a New Zealand sunset on the water, or opt for a shorter, little-kid friendly spin along the coast. Encounter the South Island’s distinctive wildlife up close in a natural environment that’s unforgettably beautiful.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD76.20
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Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

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Helicopters depart from our centrally located beach front helipads, lifting off on your scenic helicopter tour to view the Kaikoura Coast. View Sperm Whales from head to tail, offering you a unique and uninterrupted vantage point of these magnificent marine mammals.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD190.50
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Kaikoura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch flight

Kaikoura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch flight

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Within minutes of taking off from our beach from helipads, you will be in the spectacular environment that plays host to one of the worlds largest marine mammals, the magnificent Sperm Whale. This flight allows you extra time in the whale area to view these majestic creatures of the deep. This also gives you the possibility of viewing dolphins for just a little extra. - A better option for when the whales are feeding further off shore or are holding their breath for longer than expected. - More chance to view any transient baleen whales - these whales typically spend short surface intervals (one to 4 breaths) followed by long periods under water (often 2-5 minutes), the longer flight time gives us longer wait for them. - Depending on the location of the Sperm whales, gives us more time to search for dolphin and /or fly along the Kaikoura southern coastline on our way back to land.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD263.53
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Kaikoura Helicopters Grand Alpine Helicopter Tour

Kaikoura Helicopters Grand Alpine Helicopter Tour

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Departing from our centrally located beachfront pads, skirting the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, before climbing over 8000 feet into the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges where you get to experience the vast, rugged mountain ranges and seaward views. All from the comfort of your luxury helicopter. Take the opportunity to stand on the highest mountain outside of the Southern Alps and soak in the magnificent views of the East Coast of the South Island and Pacific Ocean.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD412.75
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Helicopter Tour with Mt Fyffe Distillery

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Helicopter Tour with Mt Fyffe Distillery

Relax, sit back & enjoy a scenic flight around the Peninsula & Kaikōura Seaward mountain ranges taking in the stunning views from above, of the Pacific Ocean and Kaikōura coastline. Daniel, our chief pilot, will educate you on the surroundings and land you on Mt Fyffe. Here you can inhale the fresh mountain air and meet New Zealand's newest gin maker, Justine Schroder, owner of Mt Fyffe Distillery. Justine will pour her premium gin and tell you the story as to how the award-winning gin was launched. Drink Mt Fyffe Gin on Mt Fyffe! Mt Fyffe Distillery is a small boutique distillery in Kaikōura. Using botanics sourced from around their family farm and the local environment, led Justine to create two distinct blends of small batch artisan London dry gins. This package also includes a complimentary 375ml bottle of Woolshed Gin or Shearwater Gin. Make sure to bring a pair of sunglasses, flat soled shoes and an extra layer to fully enjoy your time up the mountain.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Small-Group Sunrise or Sunset Helicopter Tour in Kaikoura

Small-Group Sunrise or Sunset Helicopter Tour in Kaikoura

Enjoy the only sunset and sunrise helicopter tour in our region. The view from the Seaward Kaikoura ranges is spectacular during sunrise or sunset. You can choose whether to book a sunset or sunrise excursion.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD158.12
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40-minute Mt Fyffe Summit Heli Tour in Kaikoura

40-minute Mt Fyffe Summit Heli Tour in Kaikoura

Experience the true beauty of Kaikoura and mountain top experience without the 4 hour hike. On a clear day the view stretches from the North Island to Banks Peninsula. During Winter there is often an abundance of snow to play in, take pictures and build a snowman!
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD209.55
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Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

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Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 New Zealand's only Sea Kayak operator that holds a marine mammal permit to view Whales. Kaikoura's only Kayak operator that holds a marine mammal permit to view Dolphins and Seals. New Zealand's 1st Friend of the Sea sustainable operator for Dolphin and Whale viewing. Traditional double sea kayaks with cockpits and spray skirts for a dry ride and rudders for easy steering. Qualified New Zealand guides. 100% guaranteed to view Fur Seals on all tours. Family Friendly - operating year round. The Wildlife Kayaking tour is the real deal!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD165.10
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Kaikoura Helicopters ATV Adventure

Kaikoura Helicopters ATV Adventure

Cruise down the Kaikoura coastline to our exclusive hill top landing site where an ATV ( All-Terrain Vehicle) will be waiting to take you on a guided tour through a private farm. This adventure will take you to the Haumiri bluffs (Spyglass point) where you will get the opportunity to take in the incredible scenery. Upon completion of your trip you will return to Kaikoura via vehicle.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD428.63
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Private Helicopter Trial Flight in Kaikōura

Private Helicopter Trial Flight in Kaikōura

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Experience the exhilaration of flying a helicopter in the capable hands of a professional instructor. This unique experience is only available in our region with us.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD222.25
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Llama Trek (Half-day) - Kaikoura Bay, Beaches & Seal Colony

Llama Trek (Half-day) - Kaikoura Bay, Beaches & Seal Colony

Spend quality time with one of the world's most exotic animals. You trek with your own llama, who walks on a lead, at your side, while carrying your belongings in saddle bags. Llama are highly intelligent, clever animals = requiring that you get to know them (and work with them) to successfully complete your trek. The subtle 'bond' you form with your llama companion is highly rewarding. You experienced guide will help you get to know your woolly companion. Your guide will also share a range of local Kaikoura history and information, including the extraordinary effects of the 2016 earthquake (the largest ever recorded in New Zealand) You do not ride your llama.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD105.41
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Llama Trek (Taster) - Kowhai River Valley and Native Woodland Tour

Llama Trek (Taster) - Kowhai River Valley and Native Woodland Tour

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Enjoy a 1hr Taster Llama Trek - along the Kowhai River banks and riverbed. Surrounded throughout by protected native woodland, and abundant wildlife.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD72.39
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1-Hour Private Heli-Picnic Tour in Kaikoura

1-Hour Private Heli-Picnic Tour in Kaikoura

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This tour is perfect for a romantic getaway, family adventure or group of friends. We are sure that you will enjoy this unique experience and remember it forever. Fly with Kaikoura Helicopters and enjoy a delicious picnic at altitude amongst the stunning Kaikoura Seaward Ranges with 360-degree views of this unique and rugged coastline. The pilot will choose the best location on the day, where weather conditions are best and the views are finest. After a scenic flight around the lower levels of the seaward Kaikoura ranges, land at a secluded landing site. Our picnic offers spectacular views of the Kaikoura township and Peninsula. On a fine day, you can look North along the coastline to spot Wellington and South to Banks Peninsula.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD222.25
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1-Hour Guided Whale Watching Premier Tour in Kaikōura

1-Hour Guided Whale Watching Premier Tour in Kaikōura

This one hour whale watch experience shows you the incredible marine wildlife that exists here in Kaikōura, then takes you to the tops of the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges for a landing in the peaks. During your experience with us you will be taken on a journey above one of New Zealand’s most unique areas, the underwater Kaikōura Canyon. Due to the special underwater geography of the area, it enables a huge abundance of food to be produced due to a large upwelling and mixing of both warm and cold currents. The food produced here supports a very diverse variety of marine life including many types of whales that migrate through the area such as Humpback, Southern Right, Blue, and of course our resident Sperm Whales the worlds largest toothed whale. Enjoy our longest whale watching flight to go out and spot the amazing wildlife. There is also a chance to view the resident Dusky dolphins and New Zealand fur seals before heading up into the mountains.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD504.83
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45 Minutes Whale Watching Ocean Safari Helicopter Tour

45 Minutes Whale Watching Ocean Safari Helicopter Tour

Experience the magnificent wildlife and scenery from the comfort of a helicopter and see sperm whales from top to tail! See the whales, stunning mountain views, secluded mountain landing. Kaikōura is located on the the migratory routes for Humpback whales, Southern right whales, Orca, and even Blue whales depending on the time of year. You'll experience stunning vistas of the Seaward Kaikōura Mountain Ranges, as well as the Kaikōura Peninsula, and the vastness of the Pacific Ocean. After whale watching, fly along the coastline spotting any other wildlife including the resident populations of Dusky dolphins as well as New Zealand fur seals, with the gorgeous backdrop of mountains and sea at every turn. If time allows, your pilot will fly you to an exclusive landing site accessible only by South Pacific Helicopters, where you can get out of the aircraft and experience incredible vistas of the mountains and sea.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD333.38
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Whale Watching Ultimate Adventure Tour

Whale Watching Ultimate Adventure Tour

This tour begins with whale watching, when you head out over the Kaikōura Whale Sanctuary and Hikurangi Marine Reserve to view the incredible wildlife found in Kaikōura’s waters. Experience the magnificent sperm whale, which can be found here all year round. Kaikōura is also a migratory route for a variety of different whale and dolphin species. After viewing the abundant marine life, your trip takes you north along the rugged Kaikōura coastline. During this trip you can see the incredible changes from the 2016 earthquake that occurred in Kaikōura. The shoreline lifted up to 6 meters in places, entire mountains moved, and fault lines run out into the sea. Head into the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges for a landing at the turquoise waters of Hapuku Lake, which was created during the earthquake in 2016. Then we will fly you to the tops of the peaks for a second landing overlooking the ranges, Kaikōura Peninsula, and the Pacific Ocean.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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USD631.83
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Marine Biologist Helicopter Tour: Whales and Cray Tails

Marine Biologist Helicopter Tour: Whales and Cray Tails

This exciting new product is the only one of its kind in New Zealand and is in collaboration with renowned Marine Mammal Biologist Dr Krista van der Linde who represents Kaikoura Marine Mammal Foundation. We depart in our Eurocopter and head out to explore the Hikurangi Marine reserve where the whales reside close to the Kaikōura coastline, during this time Krista will be happy to share her broad knowledge of all things marine with our guests and answer any questions they may have during the tour. After, we will head to Karaka lobster for a crayfish lunch owned by local family who are a 3rd generation fishing family who catch the crayfish that Kaikōura is named after and famous for. After lunch, we will depart and your pilot will give your guests a personal tour of the damage caused by the devastating 2016 Kaikōura Earthquake where they will be shown large landslides, rivers that have been diverted by fault lines, and other interesting sights before the conclusion of the experience.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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USD1,111.25
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