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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat
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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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US$109,39
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US$109,39

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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US$226,22
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US$226,22

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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US$84,02
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US$84,02

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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US$245,61
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Whale Watching Flight in Kaikoura
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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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US$122,80
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US$122,80

Sunset Evening Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura
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Sunset Evening Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

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Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator - Est 1998 100% guaranteed to view Fur Seals on all tours. Family Friendly - operating year round. New Zealands 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, Seals and Whales. New Zealands 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. Qulified New Zealand guides. The Sunset Evening Kayaking tour is the real deal!
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Flight (Extended)
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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Flight (Extended)

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The best way to see Kaikoura's World Famous Sperm Whales and Marine Life - Make your trip to New Zealand one to remember with a Whale Watching Flight. Depart from Kaikoura Airport on a trip to view the mighty Sperm whales in their natural environment - from the air you'll have the best view getting to fully appreciate the size of these majestic animals. Air Kaikoura's friendly team have been operating Whale Watching Flights for 30+ years, so you can trust you're getting the most quality experience out there. While on your Whale Watching flight get to appreciate the beauty Kaikoura has to offer from the air - enjoy picturesque views of the dramatic mountains that meet the vibrant turquoise seas. Get to enjoy all of Kaikoura's famous marine life from a 40 minute flight, some things you can potentially see: Sperm Whales, Dusky Dolphins, Humpback Whales, Blue Whales and Orca.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$180,97
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Kayaking Adventure in Kaikoura
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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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US$77,56
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Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

Kaikoura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

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Lift off on a scenic helicopter tour to view New Zealand’s Kaikoura coast, offering a unique, uninterrupted vantage point of magnificent marine mammals, including sperm, blue, and humpback whales. Kaikoura is home to both resident and transient sperm whales, which are routinely found close to the coast. You’ll be equipped with a headset with a microphone so you can hear commentary and ask questions.
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  • 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$203,59
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Kaikoura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch flight

Kaikoura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch flight

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Take in aerial views of the home of one of the world's largest marine mammals on this scenic helicopter flight in Kaikōura. Search for sperm whales, dolphins and have a better chance at seeing baleen whales. Get panoramic views of the South Island's rugged east coast. See whales feeding further offshore, away from the tourist boats.
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  • 40 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$281,15
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Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

Private Wildlife Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura

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Get up close to some of Kaikoura’s beautiful wildlife on this private 3.5-hour kayaking tour. You’re guaranteed to see fur seals and there’s a good chance of seeing other wildlife, too. Paddle alongside fur seals as they hunt and play, look out for dusky dolphins and blue penguins, and admire the views of the beautiful Kaikoura coastline and mountains beyond.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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US$168,05
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Llama Trek (Half-day) - Kaikoura Bay, Beaches & Seal Colony
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Llama Trek (Half-day) - Kaikoura Bay, Beaches & Seal Colony

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Spend quality time with a wooly llama on New Zealand's rugged Kaikōura Coast. Trek with your own llama, who can carry your belongings in saddle bags. Your guide will help you get to know your wooly companion. Learn Kaikōura history and facts, including the extraordinary effects of the 2016 earthquake, as you trek along Kaikōura's coastlines and beaches. Take in mountain and coastal scenery throughout.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$107,29
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US$107,29

Kaikoura: Coastal and Alpine Scenic Airplane Flight
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Kaikoura: Coastal and Alpine Scenic Airplane Flight

Enjoy a 25 minute panoramic scenic flight, with stunning scenic views of the Seaward Kaikoura ranges and a birds eye view of the Kaikoura Peninsula. After take-off, we will climb to approximately 6000 feet to fly past the back of Mount Fyffe for some true mountain flying. Experience views of snowy mountain peaks, a waterfalls or a wild deer if you have sharp vision. Next, overfly Lake Hapuku, which is a direct result of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake. Your pilot will then descend towards the Hapuku river mouth and fly along the black sand beach towards the Kaikoura peninsula. Flying around the peninsula, you get to see that it is dotted with resident seals next to the turquoise ocean.
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  • 25 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Llama Trek (Taster) - Kowhai River Valley and Native Woodland Tour
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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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US$73,68
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Kaikoura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watch flight

Kaikoura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watch flight

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Take off and within minutes view the mighty sperm whales. Climb high above Kaikōura to land among the rugged Seaward Kaikōura Ranges to enjoy views of the ranges, flats and peninsula. See the different colors of water along the coastline. Weather permitting, fly to the head of the Kowhai River to see the effects of the 2016 earthquake.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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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
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US$759,44
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45 Minutes Whale Watching Ocean Safari Helicopter Tour

45 Minutes Whale Watching Ocean Safari Helicopter Tour

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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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US$420,12
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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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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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US$646,33
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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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Kaikoura Helicopters Grand Alpine Helicopter Tour

Kaikoura Helicopters Grand Alpine Helicopter Tour

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Skirt the Kaikōura Peninsula, before climbing over 8000 feet into the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges where you get to experience the vast, rugged mountain ranges and seaward views. 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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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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US$239,14
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Small-Group Sunrise or Sunset Helicopter Tour in Kaikoura

Small-Group Sunrise or Sunset Helicopter Tour in Kaikoura

Enjoy breathtaking views on this 1-hour Kaikōura helicopter tour at sunrise or sunset. Immerse yourself in the stunning Kaikōura ranges. Share a beverage with a loved one or set up your camera to capture that stunning photo. Sit back and watch the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean or watch it set behind the western mountains.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160,94
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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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Whale Watching in Kaikoura by Boat
"Seeing the two whales so close up and in their natural environment. The organisation and crew were fantastic."..."
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Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch
"Thank you, we had a wonderful trip and saw 3 whales! We also loved the seals and albatross. The staff were really welcoming, friendly and highly professional and the commentator excellent."..."
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Wildlife Sea Kayaking Tour - Kaikoura
"Great guides, kayaking was fun! A bit windy so we couldn‘t do the whole tour. Saw some seals. Also fine for beginners like me."..."
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Kaikoura Swim with Dolphins Tour from Christchurch
"Amazing Experience. My kids absolutely loved it (as I did) and the way the team treated my mother (who has asthma) was amazing. They treated her like a VIP instead of someone with a heath condition. They also went out of their way to help her be able to experience the dolphins with us."..."
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Kaikoura: Whale Watching Flight (Extended)
"A great (faster, warmer) alternative to the boat tours (mine was canceled because of high winds). Yes! We saw a sperm whale and a HUGE pod of dolphins, but even if we hadn't, it would have been worth it for the views."..."
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Kayaking Adventure in Kaikoura
"Levi and Richie were extremely friendly, informative, knowledgeable and professional. All safety regulations were followed. Kaikoura is a truly beautiful place to kayak. Sadly, we had a flat car battery on return. Levi and Richie immediately came to assist, with Richie jump starting our van. More than 5-star care."..."
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Kaikoura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch flight
"Amazing experience! It was my first helicopter experience and it was absolutely magical! Staff and pilot were very professional and friendly! We were lucky enough to see whales after 5min being in the air. Pilots gave us the option to fly longer or not and make the decision while onboard. Highly highly recommend! One of the best things I’ve ever done in NZ in 4 years spent here!"..."
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Llama Trek (Half-day) - Kaikoura Bay, Beaches & Seal Colony
"Kevin provided an excellent llama walk near the beach. He taught us about the llama-human bonding/trust relationships and interactions along with amazing insights about local history, geological changes and living in coastal New Zealand. These creatures are so unique and gentle. One even packs your tea, biscuits, etc. He uses an inquiry approach to sharing information that encourages participants to consider their own observations in their responses instead of just telling. He has great 'Wacky Stays' place where you can enjoy innovative overnight stay options. adjacent to his farm, too. A highlight of our interactive adventures during our 3 week travel in NZ"..."
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