Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, Canterbury, New Zealand
Holidays to Kaikoura, New Zealand
For wildlife experiences, Kaikoura is totally unique. Perching on the edge of a fault line, the coast of Kaikoura plunges directly into a two kilometre deep canyon, making it prime hunting ground for Giant Sperm Whales who frequent the waters next to the town. Kaikoura is famous for its whale watching and there are daily trips venturing out to see these magnificent creatures – you may also see Southern Right Whales, Humpback, Fin, Pilot, and even Blue Whales. Dusky, Common, Hector’s and Risso’s Dolphins, Fur Seals, and albatrosses are all commonly sighted, and we highly recommend making this part of any trip to the South Island.
If boating isn’t your thing, you can board a plane or helicopter for a thrilling aerial tour of the coast. Not only will you see the whales but you’ll also get a fabulous view of the Kaikoura Peninsula and the township. For a more active whale watching experience, take a guided kayaking tour or hire a paddleboard – nothing beats getting this close to the water!
Stretch your legs and explore the Peninsula Walkway. There are amazing viewpoints and the highlight of this walk is the Fur Seal colony, and a colony of Hutton’s Shearwater, which can only be found along this stretch of the coast.
Kaikoura boasts rich Maori culture and you can learn about the legend of Paikea, the Whale Rider, by going in search of the carvings depicting the legend on the coastal tracks around the town.
Go in search of Giant Sperm Whales, Dusky Dolphins and Fur Seals
Venture further and experience some of the best reef diving in New Zealand
Trek or mountain bike in the Kaikoura Ranges
Dine on fabulous seafood at the famous Kaikoura Seafood BBQ
Kaikoura Trip Ideas
Here are some trip ideas that include Kaikoura. All of our trip ideas shown below are examples, and we’ll amend, adapt or start from scratch, until we’ve created the perfect trip for you. See one you like, or have a trip in mind? Call us now to book: 020 3510 5777