Kaikoura is the perfect place to view sperm whales, dusky dolphins, seal colonies and flocks of albatross that are attracted the nutrient-rich waters of the South Pacific year-round. Begin your Kaikoura dolphin swim tour with morning pickup from your Christchurch hotel, and settle in aboard the coach for a 2-hour drive north.
After a scenic journey through North Canterbury, you’ll arrive in the coastal town of Kaikoura. Enjoy lunch at the Craypot Café and Bar (own expense) or use your free time to explore the seaside town on foot.
When it’s time for your dolphin swim, climb into a warm wetsuit and listen to an informative briefing. It’s a short bus journey to the harbor, where you’ll hop aboard a boat and cruise out into the deep ocean.
Listen to your captain’s commentary about methods used to attract New Zealand’s dusky dolphins as you keep an eye out for the tell-tale leaps and splashes of these playful and curious creatures. With the engine cut, strap on your mask, snorkel and flippers, and jump into the sea for an unforgettable dolphin swim.
You can dive down to the depths below or bob about on the water’s surface. Marvel at the grace of these inquisitive and intelligent mammals as they swim energetically around you.
When your time is up, it’s a short boat trip back to Kaikoura where you’ll return via coach to your Christchurch hotel.