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The coastal town of Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world for watching whales and dolphins. Offshore, the seabed drops rapidly to the kilometre-deep Kaikoura Canyon, a geographic feature that brings ocean mammals here in large numbers.

Sightings vary, but close encounters with giant sperm whales coast can be enjoyed year-round. Giant sperm whales are the world's largest predator and can reach up to 20 metres in length, equivalent in size to four elephants.

Migratory humpback, pilot, orca and southern right whales can also be seen, depending on the season. Other species to look out for include rare Hector's dolphins, only found in coastal New Zealand waters, and pods of common and bottlenose dolphins - sometimes thousands strong.

Dolphins often swim alongside whale- watching vessels or leap in the waters nearby. It is also possible to swim with the dolphins on an organised tour.

Top itineraries in Kaikoura

Cultural Highlights of New Zealand

19-day tailor-made self-drive from £3,345 pp incl. flights

A tip-to-toe tour of New Zealand, taking in the best of its landscapes and culture, and calling into filming locations from The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

New Zealand by Motorhome

20-day motorhome self-drive from £2,825 pp incl. flights

From the subtropical beaches of the Bay of Islands, the geothermal pools of Rotorua and wine lands of Hawke's Bay to the majestic glaciers of Fox and Franz Josef and the towering peaks of the Southern Alps, New Zealand is home to some of the world's most spectacular driving routes.

Wilderness Highlights of New Zealand

23-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,615 pp incl. flights

Discover the spectacular landscapes of New Zealand's north and south islands on this fly-drive holiday, which includes a journey across the Southern Alps aboard the iconic TranzAlpine Express.

Culinary Highlights of New Zealand

25-day tailor-made self-drive from £6,455 pp incl. flights

With a focus on food and wine, this luxury fly-drive covers many of New Zealand's highlights, taking in the everything from the rolling vineyards of Hawke's Bay to the snow-capped peaks of the Southern Alps.

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Top places to stay in Kaikoura

Manakau Lodge, Kaikoura


Enjoy peace and tranqulity on the shores of the Pacific Ocean at Manakau Lodge, with luxurious accommodation, fine dining and award-winning local wines.

Kaikoura Boutique Hotel, Kaikoura

Historic hotel

Cosy, comfortable and impeccably stylish, this bijoux jewel frames pretty ocean vistas with both heritage and contemporary charm.

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses, Kaikoura

Contemporary eco-accommodation

This unique member of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand is host to designer tree houses, contemporary suites and truly excellent dining.

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