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  1. Albatross Encounter

    Albatross Encounter

    Kaikoura has a greater variety of seabird species within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastline. It is Kaikoura's proximity to the deep ocean canyon systems which is largely responsible for providing the abundant wildlife which has led to Kaikoura becoming a "must visit" destination. A large array of seabirds, including albatross (up to12 species) petrels, shearwaters, prions and much more can be found within easy reach of our shores. The Albatross Encounter enables you to get up close to the seabirds, allowing for some fantastic photo opportunities.
  2.  Kaikōura Helicopters Coastal Whale Watch

    Kaikōura Helicopters Coastal Whale Watch

    ​This flight combines the best of both worlds. Only by helicopter can you aerial whale watch one minute then be landing on a hilltop high above Kaikoura's unique and rugged coastline in the next. Land above Goose Bay at our exclusive landing site over looking Hikurangi Marine Reserve and Kaikoura Canyon. From the landing site you will see north along the coast to the peninsula, south to the Haumuri Bluff, west past the rolling green hills to Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. When the whales are close to shore, it is possible to spot their spouts as they breathe and the splashing from dolphins jumping.
  3. Kaikōura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch

    Kaikōura Helicopters Extended Whale Watch

    The extended option of our Classic Whale Watch, this flight gives you more time above Kaikoura’s unique deep-sea canyon searching for whales and other migrating marine life. The longer flight time allows us to search further offshore in the deeper waters, not only for the sperm whales but also for any migrating baleen whales such as the humpback, blue and fin whales as they travel between their feeding grounds in Antarctica and the warm waters of the South Pacific. On the way back to the beachfront heli pads keep an eye out for pods of our resident playful dusky dolphins, New Zealand fur seals basking along the rocks and the small hector dolphins swimming along the coastline.
  4. Kaikōura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watching

    Kaikōura Helicopters Top n Tail Whale Watching

    From whale tail to mountain top, this flight has it all covered. Taking off from our central beachfront helipads, within minutes you will be viewing the mighty sperm whales from the comfort of your helicopter. After viewing the magnificent marine life, you will fly high above Kaikoura and land amongst the towering Kaikoura Seaward Ranges, where you will take in some of the most breathtaking views that New Zealand has to offer. Seasonal snow landing. Views to the west of the Seaward Kaikoura Range, to the east Kaikoura flats and the iconic Kaikoura Peninsula stretching out like a whale's fluke. See the different colours of water along the coastline where the fresh, silty water comes out...
  5. South Pacific Helicopters - Whale Watching

    South Pacific Helicopters - Whale Watching

    From our helipads located adjacent to the unique Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary we can have you airborne and searching within minutes for the amazing leviathans of the deep, the Sperm Whales that are resident in the Kaikoura region year round. During your experience with us you will be taken on a journey above one of New Zealand’s most unique areas, The Kaikoura Whale Sanctuary. There is also a chance to see the incredibly playful Dusky Dolphins and New Zealand Fur Seals which also call this sanctuary home. Our experiences also enable you to view the beautiful coastline and the spectacular Seaward Kaikoura mountains rising out of the ocean to over 2500 meters, on some of our flights we include a...
  6. South Pacific Helicopters-Scenic Flights

    South Pacific Helicopters-Scenic Flights

    There is so much to discover in Kaikoura in addition to the marine wildlife. Enjoy unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean, the Kaikōura Mountain Ranges, and the Kaikōura Peninsula with the coastal Explorer flight or join the Aftershock adventure and view the unique geological sights from the 2016 earthquake before landing at one of South Pacific's exclusive landing sights. If you are after an even more actioned packed experience, South Pacific Helicopters also offers heli-rafting, heli-biking and heli-hunting tours. All of South Pacific Helicopter's tours can be customised to create that unforgettable experience.
  7. Christchurch to Kaikoura Where Mountains Meet The Sea

    Christchurch to Kaikoura Where Mountains Meet The Sea

    Begin after you arrive with an exclusive private tour of Christchurch City to discover Canterbury and its rich history through the eyes of a professional local host. Share in their stories and insight that cannot be encountered anywhere else. After an exclusive, gorgeous first night in the city in our beautiful accommodation, enjoy the next day, our curated road trip journey and travel to the coastal town of Kaikoura, an old whaling town, now leading Eco-tourism destination where the collision of tectonic plates has given way to a picturesque, rocky coastline. Taste some of the regions finest produce from the hidden gems we have arranged for you on your scenic self-drive journey to a truly...
  8. Kaikōura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

    Kaikōura Helicopters Classic Whale Watch

    Tour departs from our beach front heli-pads and within minutes be in the spectacular environment that plays host to one of the worlds largest marine mammals, the magnificent sperm whale. From the comfort of our helicopter, you will enjoy the ultimate whale watching experience. Panoramic views of the Kaikoura Peninsula. See the seal colonies along the rocks at the end of Kaikoura Peninsula. If the whales are close to shore, possibility of seeing dolphins as well. Possibility of seeing baleen whales migrating through - humpbacks on their way back and forth from their feeding grounds down near Antarctica.
  9. Whale Watch Kaikoura

    Whale Watch Kaikoura

    Kaikōura is the whale watching capital of New Zealand, every Whale Watch tour is a unique experience and the sightings vary. Giant sperm whales are the stars of the show and year-round residents. A typical Whale Watch tour may encounter New Zealand fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and the endangered wandering albatross. Depending on the season you may also see migrating humpback whales, pilot whales, blue whales and southern right whales. Kaikōura often hosts the orca - and is home to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's. Kaikōura also attracts the largest concentration and variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including 13 species of albatross, 14 varieties of petrels...
  10. Kaikoura Kayaks

    Kaikoura Kayaks

    Welcome to our magic little seaside village where the wildlife out numbers the humans and mountains meet the sea. The curious NZ fur seals are only a few paddle strokes away and our local guides would love to introduce you to them around the Kaikoura Peninsula. Watch seals dive and manoeuvre around your kayak, paddle with them as they swim around the Peninsula hunting for octopus. Continue your journey around the coastline for chance encounters with dusky dolphins and blue penguins. Paddle a crowd-free coastline with experienced qualified local guides, top kayaking equipment and an ocean teaming with marine life. Join our team on a real sea kayak tour that is enjoyable, interactive...
  11. Dolphin Encounter

    Dolphin Encounter

    Kaikoura is famous for marine mammals and birdlife and is regarded as the best place in New Zealand to view whales, albatross and to swim with dolphins. The Dolphin Encounter tour offers swimming with the dusky dolphins but if swimming is not for you, watching from the comfort of the boat is equally as special an experience. Tours operate three times a day in the summer months at 5.30am, 8.30am and 12.30pm and two times a day in the winter months at 8.30am and 12.30pm. Swimmers are provided with a full wetsuit, snorkel, mask and fins and only need to bring their own swimsuit, towel and small gear bag for their clothing, to take on the boat with them. Previous snorkelling experience is...
  12. Spey Creek

    Spey Creek

    The Spey Creek 'Ranch' offers an exclusive opportunity for guest to enjoy spending time in a place defined by natural isolation. Originally built as an exclusive hunting lodge, Spey Creek has developed into a year-round venue for people to reconnect with the land and nature. At night, the stars will capture your heart. Embrace those unique moments when you scale rugged terrain in search of the perfect sunrise or sunset or a hidden lake or waterfalls. Grab your camera or your bike! You’ll find that quality and customer service is our number one objective. We work hard to exceed your expectations and we are very proud our zero waste policy and sustainable environmental practices.
  13. Kaikoura Museum

    Kaikoura Museum

    Through our impressive collections, exhibitions, events and programmes we bring to life the richness of our unique heritage, inspiring visitors to explore and enjoy Kaikoura’s diverse and colourful history. Our long term display is uniquely presented in an awarding winning exhibition space which highlights the district’s fascinating connection with the spectacular ocean on its doorstep. New Normal - The Kaikoura Earthquake Exhibition New Normal is a compelling long term exhibition that looks at the impacts of the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake on our people, our landscape and our natural environment. Open Daily 10am to 5pm all year round.
  14. Seal Swim Kaikōura

    Seal Swim Kaikōura

    Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. You'll be a part of an intimate group of up to 10 like-minded adventurers suited up in warm wet suits and guided on your seal swimming experience. We cater for all abilities from experienced snorkellers to first timers. No experience is needed as our guides are very good at making people feel confident in the water. Plus, the wet suits we will give you will provide the same buoyancy as life jackets. This is an experience that you do not want to miss out on. Seal Swim Kaikoura has now been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for eight years running. Adults $120...
  15. Top Catch Charters - Kaikoura

    Top Catch Charters - Kaikoura

    Welcome to Top Catch Charters Kaikoura where you can expect a great day on the ocean aboard our purpose built 6.2m Osprey Boat, “First Light”. Your fully qualified skipper, Malcolm Halstead, has 35 years’ experience fishing in the waters of the South Island of New Zealand. It is Malcolm’s goal to make sure you have a memorable fishing experience while visiting Kaikoura. We cater for all ages on our trips and take great pride in introducing children and novices to the wonderful sport of fishing. We can also organise longer trips for experienced anglers. Our trips all leave from the safe port of South Bay Kaikoura. Once on the water it is a short trip to our abundant fishing grounds where...
  16. Hapuku Kitchen

    Hapuku Kitchen

    At its heart, Hapuku Kitchen is focused on reconnecting the kitchen to the land and sea, celebrating the abundant larder nature has to offer and taking inspiration from the wild landscape. We invite you into our home, located between the Kaikoura mountains and the Pacific Ocean, for a culinary adventure that celebrates the season. We promise you’ll experience the very best ingredients caught, picked and gathered from the region and depart with a deeper understanding of the food on your plate. Our one day experiences include a tour of our property involving harvesting and foraging from our gardens, hands-on cooking, creating and enjoying a seasonal feast, local wine/beer, a Hapuku...
  17. Kaikoura fishing tours

    Kaikoura fishing tours

    Kaikoura fishing tours is rated one of the best around with a friendly and experienced crew. Catch your dinner while taking in the majestic views of the mighty kaikoura snow capped ranges while watching the cheeky dusky dolphins put on a aerobatics display ,every thing is taken care of we bait your hooks make you tea or coffee fillet your catch and tell stories to keep you laughing. On the return to port we lift some crayfish pots so you can sample some of the finest seafood kaikoura has to offer. Free phone 0800 2 466587 today to make a booking0r call 0275245687. What are you waiting for ?come join the fun.
  18. Kaikoura Mini Golf

    Kaikoura Mini Golf

    A fun and challenging 18 hole mini golf course just 10 minutes walk from the Kaikoura town centre. Set in a quiet, sheltered location away from the main road with views of the mountains. Surrounded by native plants which attract local bird life, you'll often see a pair of Fantails or other native birds flying around the course. This course is fun for all ages and group sizes. Located as part of The Emporium.
  19. Pilot-a-Plane Experience

    Pilot-a-Plane Experience

    The Pilot-a-Plane experience includes a briefing on the controls of the aircraft, a 25 minute flight in our Eurofox A240 and a record of your flight experience which you can use towards further flight training The Pilot-a-Plane + Passenger experience includes all of the above in one of our 4 seater aircraft, the Cessna 172 or the Piper Archer, allowing you to bring along up to two passengers. All our pilots are qualified instructors and can guide you through the process from the very first trial flight, to first solo flight and private pilot licences, all the way to commercial ratings. Conditions: Maximum weights may apply and all flights are weather dependent and at the pilot's...
  20. Whale Watch Flights

    Whale Watch Flights

    This will be a highlight of your New Zealand trip - a panoramic whale flight, with stunning scenic views along the spectacular Kaikoura coastline. View the mighty Sperm whales in their natural environment - from the air, you really get to appreciate the full size of these majestic mammals. Dusky dolphins and other marine creatures also play in the waters over the Kaikoura Canyon, we'll see them on your flight. After finding whales, we'll take you on a scenic flight around beautiful Kaikoura including the stunning Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges to the west, and to the east, the deep blue Pacific Ocean. Flight training and Pilot-a-Plane experiences also offered for those who have...
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