Cruises to Kaikōura


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Azamara Pursuit 20 Jan 2025 14 nights Fly Cruise Auckland

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Seabourn Quest 30 Dec 2024 14 nights Fly Cruise Auckland

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Itinerary: Auckland, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Kaikoura, New Zealand - Akaroa, Christchurch, New Zealand - Timaru, New Zealand - Oban, Stewart Island, New Zealand - Milford...
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Seabourn Quest 28 Jan 2025 17 nights Fly Cruise Auckland

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Itinerary: Auckland, New Zealand - Matiatia Bay, Waiheke Island, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Picton, New Zealand - Kaikoura, New Zealand - Akaroa, Christchurch, New Zealand -...
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What to see in Kaikōura

Kaikōura, perched on New Zealand's South Island, boasts a stunning coastal setting where snow-capped mountains meet the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean. Famous for its abundant marine life, visitors flock here for whale watching, seal encounters and a taste of the region's renowned seafood delicacies.

Kaikōura is renowned as one of the best places in the world for whale watching, offering visitors the chance to encounter these magnificent marine mammals up close in their natural habitat. The deep waters off the coast of Kaikōura are home to a diverse array of whale species, including sperm whales, humpback whales, orcas and even the elusive blue whale, the largest animal on Earth. Join a guided whale-watching tour and set out on a thrilling adventure into the open ocean, where expert skippers and marine biologists will lead you to the best vantage points for spotting whales. Keep your eyes peeled for telltale signs such as spouts, breaches and flukes as these majestic creatures surface to breathe and feed in the nutrient-rich waters of the Kaikōura Canyon.

In addition to whales, Kaikōura is also home to a thriving population of New Zealand fur seals, which can be found basking on rocky outcrops along the coastline. Join a guided seal-watching tour or embark on a coastal walk to discover these playful marine mammals in their natural habitat. One popular spot for seal encounters is the Ohau Point Seal Colony, located just a short drive from the town centre. Here, visitors can observe seals lounging on the rocks, swimming in tidal pools and interacting with each other in their colony. During the breeding season, adorable seal pups can often be spotted frolicking in the shallows, providing endless entertainment for visitors of all ages.

Kaikōura has a rich Maori heritage, with deep connections to the indigenous people of New Zealand and their traditional way of life. Immerse yourself in Maori culture with a visit to the Takahanga Marae, a traditional meeting ground and cultural centre for the local Ngāti Kuri iwi (tribe). Join a guided tour led by local Maori guides and learn about the customs, traditions and spiritual beliefs of the Maori people. Participate in cultural activities such as waiata (song), haka (dance) and kai (food), and gain insight into the importance of whakapapa (genealogy) and manaakitanga (hospitality) in Maori culture.


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