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Visit Kaikoura

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Welcome to Kaikoura, your gateway to unforgettable experiences in New Zealand! This page is your ultimate guide to all the fun things to do in Kaikoura and the surrounding area. From swimming with dolphins to discovering majestic marine life on boat tours, we've got something for everyone. Whether you're seeking adventure, wildlife encounters, or simply a tranquil escape, Kaikoura has it all. Explore this page and choose from a wide range of exciting activities that will make your visit to Kaikoura truly remarkable!

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Kaikoura Whale Watching Flight - 40 Minutes - Community Owned & Operated

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Premium Whale Watching Flight - Wings Over Whales - 40 Minutes - Kaikoura - QUALMARK GOLD AWARD

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Seal Kayak Kaikoura - Seal Viewing Pedal Kayak Tour

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Taste of Kaikoura - E Ride Kaikoura

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Whale Watching Ocean Safari - South Pacific Helicopters

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Great experience Kaikoura - 2.5 hour Seal Swim

Great experience
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Best thing you can do in NZ!

Awesome Kaikoura - 2.5 hour Seal Swim

Awesome
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Fantastic adventure. The team is very helpful and the guide loves his job and is very respectful of wildlife. We were just 6 on the boat and spent more than one hour in water, swimming with seals. Do it!!

Highly recommended!! Kaikoura - 2.5 hour Seal Swim

Highly recommended!!
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It was one of the best thing we done in New Zealand! We are lucky to get a beautiful day to get closer to the fur seal, the water was very cool but it wouldn’t bother you after you see the fur seal swim right in front of you. The skipper and staff are professional.

Best seal swim ever Kaikoura - 2.5 hour Seal Swim

Best seal swim ever
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I loved it very much, and we were so lucky to see so many seal at once. The view under water wasn't that good in the beginning, but after 30min the sun was shining through and the visibility becam much better. The seals were swimming around our boat, it was really lovely :-)

. Kaikoura Whale Watching Flight - 40 Minutes - Community Owned & Operated

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It was an amazing experience

Exceptionally adventurous f Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

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Fun, well guided adventure for all ages. Guides made sure we were well informed and felt save during the whole tour. Highly recommended for a fun day out!

Great value, unforgettable experience Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Great value, unforgettable experience
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Went out on the first trip of the day yesterday and would highly recommend the experience. Our guide, Tylar, was brilliant. Really friendly, informative and most importantly, I felt really safe with him! We paddled out to see some seals on the rocks and in the water, the seals swam under our kayaks, and then a little further out to sea where we saw swimming blue penguins. Really, really loved it.

Brilliant day out Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Brilliant day out
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One of the best things we did in NZ. Our leader Conor was brilliant. Had so much interesting info on the marine wildlife & how the quakes shaped the landscape recently. Lovely way to spend a day in Kaikoura

Fantastic day out Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Fantastic day out
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Fantastic day out with a knowledgeable guide. Lots of seals and wildlife. Great family fun at a reasonable price.

A must do experience in Kaikoura Kaikoura Kayaks - Sunset Evening Classic

A must do experience in Kaikoura
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No sunset for us on the night but lots of seals lazing around on the rocks. A great experience whilst visiting Kaikoura. Cowan was a great teacher and guide, setting you up with all the gear you need and skills to help you enjoy your time out on the water.

Awesome trip! Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Awesome trip!
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Absolutely loved the dolphin encounter kayak trip. Saw penguins and seals, one seal putting on a great performance right in front of the kayaks. Missed seeing dolphin, but the seal show we had was super special. Emma, our guide, expertly looked after us and gave great narrative into marine life. We loved this experience and 100% recommend it at any time of the year. You get wrapped up nice and snug with all the kayak stuff prior.

Kaikoura Kayaking Kaikoura Kayaks - Sunset Evening Classic

Kaikoura Kayaking
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We had a great time. It was our first time kayaking and Connor our guide was informative, friendly and helpful. The guided trip was awesome - we got close to the seals and saw penguins and the views were very picturesque - got some good pics :D. Will definitely be using these guys again.

Great experience Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Great experience
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We've had such a great time with Kaikoura kayaks. We've been really lucky to see group of dolphins that were hanging out around our kayaks :) also the staff was really friendly and knew some interesting facts around the area too! :) We definitely recommend this company to all of you!

Best Kayaking ever Kaikoura Kayaks - Sunset Evening Classic

Best Kayaking ever
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Kaikoura definitely is a nice place for Kayaking. The teams of the Kaikoura are so friendly .

A great time on the water! Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

A great time on the water!
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Thanks for a great time out on the water. We had got to see the seals swimming, on the rocks and enjoyed watching the albatross. The guide was excellent, knowledgeable and entertaining. We had excellent gear and were well looked after. Very recommended. The only slight was the weather which prevented us from getting to close due to the swell - however this isn't a fault of the operator! I am sure if the weather had been great we would have had a 5 star experience.

Really fun experience! Definitely recommend Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Really fun experience! Definitely recommend
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This was a last minute trip I decided to do whilst travelling alone but I had such a good time kayaking with these guys. Our guides were fun, laid back and knowledgeable and although the seals were feeling a little lazy and didn’t play in the water as much as we’d liked we still spotted lots and had a good time. Two things to mention: 1) You don’t get wet at all surprisingly, they have all the gear to keep you dry. 2) It’s not hard or exhausting at all. Definitely recommend

Has my seal of approval! Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Has my seal of approval!
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Fantastic afternoon kayaking- saw lots of NZ fur seals and they came right up to us! Great value for money and the staff were brilliant. Would highly recommend!

Fun, friendly and heaps of fur seals! Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Fun, friendly and heaps of fur seals!
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The Cohen and Tyler were lovely and we felt very safe and comfortable in their hands! Weather wasn't amazing but still saw lots of seals and even some baby crayfish! Thanks team!

Amazing, a must do experience Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Amazing, a must do experience
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This tour made our holiday :) great hosts, very knowledgeable and absolutely fab wildlife encounter. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

Highly recommend Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Highly recommend
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Brett was a great guide and was entertaining. Seals come right up next to you. If you're here then you need to try this. Heaps of time on the water.

Best first time ever! Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Best first time ever!
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That was my first kayaking experience and the guide made it easy. We paddled with dolphins jumping and following us from the start to the end. That was amazing ! Thank you guys for leading us in such a wonderful place.

Kaikoura 1/2 day kayak tour Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Kaikoura 1/2 day kayak tour
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Awesome day out with the family . Excellent equipment and safety gear provided . Beautiful scenery and lots of seals to be seen .

Kayak with orcas and seals Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Kayak with orcas and seals
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Had a fun afternoon kayak with Bennek and Emma, friendly and knowledgeable guides. We saw plenty of relaxing seals, as well as one swimmer who was nice enough to come right up and inspect the kayaks. Also had a couple of orca swim right up to us, skim under the kayaks, surfacing right next to us. As Emma noted, they were close enough to "smell blowhole"! Saw another four or five swimming around, luckily they didn't seem in the mood to eat the very brave/foolhardy seal having a swim. Though that would have been exciting...

Very enjoyable Kaikoura Kayaks - Sunset Evening Classic

Very enjoyable
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Was really nice to get out on the water with some super knowledgeable people! We saw lots of seals, they weren’t as close as we had hoped and we didn’t actually spot any other wildlife which was a little disappointing though! But all in all was a very nice evening, we went in the middle of summer so didn’t quite catch the sunset however!

Awesome Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Awesome
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Awsome

Amazing experience Kaikoura Kayaks - Sunset Evening Classic

Amazing experience
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Amazing experience with a great guide (Hamish), such a stunning perspective of Kaikoura

Wonderful Experience Kaikoura Kayaks - Half Day Wildlife Kayaking Tour

Wonderful Experience
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We had perfect weather for kayaking, glassy seas, no wind.....a crisp clear winter day. our guide was professional and informative and the seals were so cute.

Amazing! Kaikoura Kayaks - Sunset Evening Classic

Amazing!
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10/10 would reccomend to family friends (and already have!) Would do it again in a heartbeat! Our guides were so awesome and full of knowledge! The dolphins and seals were so exciting to see! ❤️❤️

An unforgettable experience Kaikoura Kayaks - Sunset Evening Classic

An unforgettable experience
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The team are friendly, knowledgable and unpatronising. Nothing is rushed and you feel confident in the water. And then they take you to see seals, puffins and seabirds. The views are stunning and the wildlife close up is amazing. Thanks to you all.

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