Activities

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Kaikoura Whale Watch Day Tour from Christchurch

Experience the natural treasures of New Zealand on a whale-watching cruise from the picturesque town of Kaikoura. Look for the mighty sperm whales that live in these waters along with dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and seabirds. Admire breathtaking views of the snow-capped Kaikoura Ranges and visit a fur seal colony on land. Wrap up the day with a wine tasting at a vineyard in North Canterbury. Your experienced guide shares informative commentary throughout the day on this fun and fascinating tour.
$220
11 hours
Day Trips & Excursions

Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

Leave the city behind and come on a scenic journey over the Canterbury Plains. This tour is sure to suit everyone with an included whale watch tour on a modern catamaran, time to explore the Kaikoura Township and a visit to a seal colony.
$234
10.5 hours
Day Trips & Excursions

Kaikoura Albatross Encounter Tour from Christchurch

Kaikoura is famous for whales and dolphins and arguably one of the world's most exciting arenas for ocean going birds. This full day tour accompanies the Kaikoura Whale Watch Tours from Christchurch. Within close proximity of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, see a considerable array of albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls.
$220
11 hours
Cultural & Theme Tours

Kaikoura Express return from Christchurch

Come and say, 'Kia Ora!' to KaikouraRun away to Kaikoura for a 1 or 2 day scenic trip with complimentary Christchurch pick ups.Just 200 kms to the North, Kaikoura is a historic seaside settlement famous for wildlife, culture and great food!Jump aboard the Kaikoura Express and we'll take you on a scenic journey direct to the heart of Kaikoura with optional free connections to the Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Tours.Check out the native New Zealand Fur Seals, the rough rugged and wild coastline, a dolphin or whale watch tour, check out the spectacular Albatross or just cruise at your own pace.Kaikoura is a region rich in Maoritanga (indigenous culture) - join a walking tour and learn about the local flora and fauna or take a moment to explore the Kaikoura Museum and soak up the local history.
$43
2 days
Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Kaikoura Whale Watching and Christchurch Tour

Enjoy an amazing 3-day tour to Kaikoura from Christchurch. Includes a pickup from Christchurch Airport as well as 2-nights’ accommodation in Christchurch to ensure maximum comfort. Experience a full day tour to Kaikoura to experience whale watching with Whale Watch Kaikoura and lunch at a local café.
$565
3 days
Outdoor Activities

Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura

Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. This is an experience that you do not want to miss! All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. Recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Best Marine Encounters'. Don't miss out!
$78
2.5 hours
Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Kaikoura Whales

Kaikoura Whales Fly with Garden City Helicopters, Christchurch  to Kaikoura for the ultimate whale watching experience ever! year round spectacular views of this rich marine environment and awe inspiring surrounding scenery is breathtaking. Snowy Mountains meet the sea. Enjoy stunning scenic views of the coastline and see the mighty sperm whales in their natural environment. Duration: 3 Hours (approx.)
$1625
3 hours
Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Ocean Safari Heli-Whale Watch

In the stunning town of Kaikoura, where mountains meet ocean, experience the magnificent wildlife and scenery from the comfort of a helicopter and see the magnificent sperm whales from top to tail! Your 45 minute tour lets you experience the year round sperm whale population, with more time to enjoy the abundant marine life and a chance to see breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, the Kaikoura Peninsula, and the Seaward Kaikoura Mountain Ranges.
$338
45 minutes
Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Premier Helicopter Whale Watch

Soar above it all on our longest and most exclusive helicopter tour for an unforgettable adventure viewing amazing wildlife and scenery. This 60 minute trip over stunning Kaikoura takes in ocean and mountains in a one of a kind adventure that has you orbiting sperm whales and viewing marine life, then heading to the mountains for an alpine landing for the chance to walk around for incredible views in a remote and rugged location. Slowly orbit and view the entire whale on this extended tour with New Zealand's only helicopter whale watch tour fully permitted by the Department of Conservation.
$462
1 hour
Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Whale Watching in Kaikoura by boat

Whale Watch is located in the small coastal town of Kaikōura on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island a scenic two and a half-hour drive north from Christchurch and two hour drive south from Picton. Kaikōura is a special place of lush pastures and towering, snow covered peaks that fall to the sea. This rare magic continues just offshore where a deep undersea canyon combines with unusual sea currents to attract an extraordinary abundance of marine life, the most famous being the Giant Sperm Whale. Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale. Whale Watch tours are extremely popular so we recommend booking early.
$107
3.5 hours