Welcome to Kaikoura

Take SH1 129km southeast from Blenheim (or 180km north from Christchurch) and you’ll encounter Kaikoura, a pretty peninsula town backed by the snow-capped Seaward Kaikoura Range. Few places in the world are home to such a variety of easily spottable wildlife: whale, dolphins, NZ fur seals, penguins, shearwaters, petrels and several species of albatross all live in or pass by the area.Marine animals are abundant here... Read More

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$1151.32 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day New Zealand North and South Island Highlights Trip

Day 1 - Auckland to Waitomo, RotoruaToday you will depart from Auckland and drive to the magical Waitomo Caves. Here you will have a guided tour of the caves, before taking a short boat ride along the river to the grotto. Be enchanted by the thousands of glow worms emitting tiny lights that twinkle in the darkness. Later, you drive to Rotorua, passing through the Fitzgerald Glade, a section of highway where native bush forms a canopy overhead. Overnight in Rotorua - Sudima Rotorua or SimilarDay 2 - RotoruaThis morning explore Rotorua's geothermal wonderland and discover the unique culture of New Zealand's Maori people. Enjoy a guided tour of Te Puia, see Rainbow Springs and watch the Agrodome Sheep Show. The rest of the day is at leisure and in the evening you might like to experience a Maori hangi (a traditional barbecue) and concert (at own expense). Overnight in Rotorua - Sudima Rotorua or SimilarDay 3 - Rotorua to WellingtonThere is more stunning scenery on offer today as you travel by coach to Wellington, passing Lake Taupo, Palmerston North and the Kapiti Coast. Overnight in Wellington - James Cook Grand Chancellor or similarDay 4 - Wellington via Picton to KaikouraThis morning, travel by Inter Islander Ferry, via Cook Strait to Picton. Then it’s all aboard the TranzCoastal train to Kaikoura. This is a spectacular train journey that passes through stunning coastal scenery and rugged mountain ranges. Overnight in Kaikoura - White Morph or similar Day 5 - Kaikoura to ChristchurchThe highlight this morning is a whale watching tour by boat or light aircraft. See the gentle giants of the sea and be thrilled as the giant sperm whales breach, and watch the dolphins and seals at play. Later in the afternoon you will drive to Christchurch where your tour concludes.Tour can also be operated in reverse, Christchurch to Auckland

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Full-Day Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

This full-day tour includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury Plains before arriving in Kaikoura. Once in Kaikoura, make your way to a lookout to enjoy the breath-taking views. Next, make your way around to a seal colony before heading into Kaikoura for some free time to explore and maybe have some lunch. Then board a modern catamaran for an exciting whale watch tour. This tour offers up-close encounters with the giant sperm whale. A typical whale watch encounter may include fur seals, pods of dusky dolphins and endangered wandering albatross.Sit back and relax in comfort on your return journey to Christchurch.

$223.21 Day Trips & Excursions

Kaikoura Albatross Encounter Tour from Christchurch

Kaikoura has one of the largest number of different types of seabirds within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastlines. On your arrival in Kaikoura you may enjoy either an early lunch or have free time to explore Kaikoura before being transferred to Ocean Wings Albatross Encounter. Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds.There will also be the opportunity during the day to visit a seal colony where fur seals may be viewed at close quarters. This stop provides a great photo opportunity.

$572.42 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Kaikoura Whale Watching and Christchurch Tour

Day One Meet and Greet at Christchurch International Airport and transfer to your Christchurch central city hotel, the remainder of your day and evening at leisure.  Day Two Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road enjoying the rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On arrival in Kaikoura you will join the Whale Watching tour. From the boat you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the giant sperm whales and a host of other marine life, including dolphins, the New Zealand Fur Seal and occasionally other whale species which migrate through the waters off Kaikoura. After your Whale Watch Tour enjoy a café lunch in the heart of the Kaikoura Township. Following lunch a visit a to New Zealand Fur Seal colony. This stop will provide you with some magnificent photo opportunities of these splendid creatures which were virtually extinct less than 100 years ago. On your return to Christchurch a stop will be made at a vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure, at a winery in the Waipara Region of Canterbury, renown for some of its great wines.Day Three Morning at leisure. Tour will conclude at the hotel upon check out.

$860.43 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day Akaroa and Kaikoura Tour from Christchurch

Day One Meet and Greet at Christchurch International Airport and transfer to your Christchurch central city hotel, the remainder of your day and evening at leisureDay Two Visit the beautiful unspoiled old French whaling depot of Akaroa. A charming small township nestled in a bay of Akaroa Harbour on Banks Peninsula. The township contains a host of historic buildings, craft and gift shops together with a multitude of idyllic photo opportunities, with time to explore and enjoy the charm and serenity of Akaroa. Lunch in the naturally picturesque setting of Akaroa Village at the popular Bully Hayes. In the afternoon enjoy the Akaroa Harbour Cruise, exploring the Harbour sighting dolphins, penguins and seals.On your return journey to Christchurch a stop will be made at the Barry’s Bay Cheese factory, where you will get to sample some fine New Zealand cheese.Day Three Spend your day getting close to nature. Travel by road enjoying the rural pastoral scenes of North Canterbury, to Kaikoura where mountains meet sea. Kaikoura is world renowned for the variety of marine mammals which can be seen, not least of all the giant sperm whales and the acrobatic Dusky Dolphins. On arrival in Kaikoura you will join Whale Watching tour. From the boat you will have the opportunity to see and photograph the giant sperm whales and a host of other marine life, including dolphins, the New Zealand Fur Seal and occasionally other whale species which migrate through the waters off Kaikoura. After your Whale Watch Tour enjoy a café lunch in the heart of the Kaikoura Township. Following lunch a visit a to New Zealand Fur Seal colony. This stop will provide you with some magnificent photo opportunities of these splendid creatures which were virtually extinct less than 100 years ago. On your return to Christchurch a stop will be made at a vineyard where a wine tasting has been arranged for your pleasure, at a winery in the Waipara Region of Canterbury, renown for some of its great wines.  Day Four Morning at leisure. Tour will conclude at hotel upon check out.

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New Zealand Encompassed

It dosen’t look so big on the map, but New Zealand is positively massive once you’re there in person. This comprehensive 24-day trip – our longest in this part of the world – delivers the most immersive NZ experience possible. Get close to the land by exploring volcanoes, national parks, a sustainable farm, and meet the water up-close on expert-led kayak excursions and during surf lessons. Best of all, you’ll get to explore the magnificent Bay of Islands, home to some of the world’s top fishing. 24 days? You’ll wish it was longer.