A definite must do on any of our tours if you're passing through Kaikoura is the opportunity to swim with dolphins. The dusky dolphins are universally rated as some of the most sociable and playful in the World. The opportunity to interact with these creatures on their terms in the open ocean is a genuine once in a lifetime experience.
These magnificent creatures find their homes in New Zealand's marine rich ocean waters. They are frequently spotted off the coast of Kaikoura and this is the perfect location for whale watching. The sight of these wonderful creatures launching their mammoth tales in the air as they plunge to the depths of the ocean is breath-taking for all. Add in the spectacular mountain backdrop of the Kaikoura region and you can see why this is a picture postcard moment.
These relaxed locals can be spotted all over the coastal areas and in particular around the South Island. They are easy to spot and make great models as they rarely move (but don't get too close). They can grow up to a reported 250kg and almost 2 metres in length and spend most of the days soaking up the rays.
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Yellow Eyed Penguin
These cute little characters have chosen New Zealand as their home and are only found around our shores. The have a unique yellow band around their heads and is one of the World's rarest penguins. The Yellow Eyed Penguins are considered endangered but joining us on the carefully managed sanctuary helps raise vital funds to help support research and protection for them.
These shy guys are hard to spot but worth the wait. They spend most of their time on the water and are most frequently spotted when we are out kayaking. They hard to spot as they are the World's smallest penguin but that makes them even cuter. In Australia they are known as the fairy penguin.