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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura

Badge of ExcellenceKaikōura, New Zealand
  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Observing New Zealand fur seals in the wild while you swim is an experience you won’t soon forget. With a short boat-ride offshore from the Kaikoura Peninsula you’ll soon be immersed in their natural habitat. No experience is necessary—just don a wetsuit and snorkel and receive instruction from your guides.
  • Swim in shallow waters known as New Zealand fur seal habitat
  • Learn about the marine life of the Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Observe Kaikoura wildlife from a safe distance
  • Wetsuits, snorkel gear, and hot showers are included

What's Included

  • Half-day tour
  • Local guide
  • Local taxes
  • Air-conditioned vehicle

    Departure & Return

    Departure Point

    • 58 West End, 58 West End, Kaikōura 7300, New Zealand

      Tours depart from our shop located in the main street of Kaikōura. Our shop is directly across the road from bus stops linking Christchurch, Picton and Blenheim. It is also only a 5-minute walk from the Kaikōura Train Station and the Kaikōura Information Centre. Luggage can be stored on-site.

    Return Details

    This activity will end right where it started.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Check in times can vary slightly so it is essential that you call the day before your tour to verify your check in time and other details. Failure to call the day before to confirm your reservation or failure to report by your scheduled check in time can result in your booking being cancelled
    • Please bring a swimsuit, towel and warm clothing. A small gear bag will also be useful
    • Please Note: Weather conditions are changeable during this season meaning that tours may be cancelled
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Check in time is 15 minutes prior to departure
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Operated by Seal Swim Kaikoura

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use

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    Best tour in NZ
    Lauren_L, Jan 2019
    My husband and I went on at least ten tours throughout New Zealand, and this one, by far, was my favorite. The equipment provided was wonderful, the staff super helpful in guiding us to high seal traffic areas, and this trip gave us the opportunity to observe these adorable animals in a way that does not hurt them in any way. For context, these seals were almost hunted to extinction at one point but because of conservation efforts and non-harmful tours such as these, these seals have literally no fear of humans and will swim literally right next to you. Best animal experience I’ve ever had (and WAY better than any zoo).


    Product code: 3344P2