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Kaikoura Activities

Welcome to Kaikoura

South Island, New Zealand

The unique combination of ocean and mountains never fails to leave visitors to Kaikoura in awe.

On the rugged east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, the seaside settlement of Kaikoura is overlooked by majestic mountains which are snow capped for many months of the year. The township is located on a rocky peninsula, protruding from lush farmland beneath the mountains. In the waters off this peninsula, a complex marine system provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for getting ‘close to nature’.

Moon light across the bay

Dark Sky Reserve

A vision to achieve International Dark Sky Reserve Status for Kaikōura.

Kaikōura is one of the few places on earth where you can see many celestial wonders and a brilliant star filled sky by night and yet enjoy globally recognised marine mammals and unique seabirds by day.  
All within the wild, rugged coastline between the Pacific Ocean and the snow-capped peaks of the Seaward Kaikōura Ranges.

Rodfather Fishing

South Bay Main Marina, Moa Road, Kaikoura

We are lucky to have some of the best waters for fishing charters that New Zealand has to offer.

Our Kaikoura fishing tours vary, can be tailor made to suit with all gear supplied. We also offer exclusive charters. One very popular trip is the two hour which the target species are Blue Cod, Perch and of course the Kaikoura delicacy Crayfish or Lobster.

Hutton's Shearwater

Saving the world’s only alpine breeding seabird!

The Hutton’s shearwater is an endangered seabird endemic to Kaikoura, New Zealand. The only place in the world that this species breeds is high in the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges at elevations between 1200 to 1800 m. When the Hutton’s shearwater colonies were rediscovered in 1964, there were eight colonies but only two survive today – on conservation land in the headwaters of the Kowhai River and on private land in Shearwater Stream.

Dolphin Encounter

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Where a whole world of marine adventure awaits, come and explore it all with us.

Dolphins are some of nature’s most extraordinary and captivating creatures. They’re even more amazing close-up. Choose swimming or watching and immerse yourself in their world with Dolphin Encounter; an unforgettable experience in one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking destinations.

Albatross Encounter

96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand

With all the birdlife you'll see, you'll come back with plenty of sensational images and video

A short boat ride and you’re in an entirely new world, where you’ll discover a large variety of pelagic birds including albatross, shearwaters, petrels, penguins, gannets, skuas, terns and more.


Seal Swim Kaikoura

58 West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand

Join us for a totally unique experience seal swimming with New Zealand Fur Seals in their own spectacular environment on Kaikoura's beautiful coast!

Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It’s one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breath taking nature activity. You won’t believe how curious, friendly and playful New Zealand Fur Seals can be in the water.

Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whaleway Station Rd Kaikoura

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel based whale watching company offering an exciting up-close encounter with the worlds largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year.

Designed specially for whale watching, our modern catamarans are equipped with engines that minimise underwater noise and toilets that never pollute the sea. The main passenger cabin is enclosed and outside decks offer great viewing and photo opportunities. Spacious air-conditioned interiors are fitted with comfortable seating while large plasma screens display our award-winning marine wildlife animations.