Kaikoura is a beautiful coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand. It is about 3 hours drive from Christchurch. It truly is one of the most beautiful coastal towns I have ever seen. It is definitely a place to be for people who look for adventures in water activities.
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Kaikoura provides ample opportunities to view and witness the beautiful marine life. Its a place where humans can get up close to the dolphins, New Zealand fur seals, sperm whales, and sometimes penguins too. We had a long weekend for Anzac day and I had planned to visit New Zealand. After discussing with my friends Adarsh and Vijay, three of us decided to travel to Kaikoura.
The below itinerary does not include the travel time from Christchurch to Kaikoura and return.
- Activity: Whale watching scenic flight
- Company: http://www.airkaikoura.co.nz/
- Cost: 145 NZD (approx. 100 USD)
Adarsh described the experience as: “Sitting in the cockpit next to the pilot 👩✈️ and watching these majestic creatures from a bird’s eye view was something spectacular!“
Vijay described the experience as: “Became a bird for a while and enjoyed watching the massive Sperm Whale along with the beautiful coastal views.“
What I felt was: “This is definitely one of the coolest things I have done so far. I am a big fan of watching whales. I have seen the humpback whales many times from the cruise. But this was my first experience to see: 1. Whales from the flight and 2. Seeing the sperm whale. It definitely is a must-do activity when in Kaikoura.“
This was the best day of our trip to Kaikoura. The day was special because it was Vijay’s birthday and he wanted to spend his special day swimming with the dolphins 🐬 .
- Activity: Swim with dolphins
- Company: http://www.dolphinencounter.co.nz/kaikoura/
- Cost: 175 NZD (Approx. 120 USD)
Vijay described the experience as “Beautiful experience to swim with Dolphins in clear water. Chasing and following dusky Dolphins was lots of fun. I would love to do that again.“
What I felt was: “Oh-my-God! Are you kidding me! They were the wild dusky dolphins, one of the cutest living things on Earth. And here I was swimming with those cute things – I must have definitely been to heaven.“
- Activity: Kayaking with seals
- Company: http://www.kaikourakayaks.nz/
- Cost: 99 NZD (approx. 70 USD)
Vijay described the experience as: “If you wanna just relax and enjoy the beautiful ocean view, Kayaking is a must-do activity. Refreshing.“
What I felt was: “Picture this – it’s a warm sunny morning, the ocean is calm, lots of fur seals swimming casually around and you are in a kayak, paddling around these seals. Isn’t it perfect? Well, it gets better when you see unexpected visitors like dolphins and penguins. That’s what we did in this kayak tour!“