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Kaikoura Dolphin Encounter

One of the best places in the world to encounter dolphins in their natural environment.

Tour Details

Kaikoura: Where Mountains Meet the Sea and Dolphins Play

Nestled on New Zealand's breathtaking east coast, Kaikoura is a coastal haven where majestic snow-capped mountains meet the vast ocean. Located just a 2.5-hour drive north of Christchurch, this picturesque town is renowned for its rich Māori heritage, its fascinating whaling history, and its unique underwater landscape – the 3-kilometer-deep Kaikoura Canyon. Discover this marine wonderland in an intimate small-group setting, with a maximum of 8 guests, ensuring a personalised and unforgettable experience.

Journey Through Breathtaking Scenery:

Your adventure begins with a scenic drive north from Christchurch, passing through fertile farmlands and rolling hills before reaching the dramatic Hundalees. The highway then winds along the coastline, offering glimpses of fur seals basking in the sun and, if you're lucky, playful dolphins frolicking in the waves.

Discover the Enchanting Town of Kaikoura:

Upon arrival in Kaikoura, you'll enjoy a delicious early lunch to fuel your upcoming marine encounter. Immerse yourself in the town's captivating history, learning about its significance in Maori lore as the place where Maui is said to have fished up the North Island. Discover the remnants of New Zealand's first whaling station, a reminder of the town's maritime past.

Swim with Dolphins in the Wild:

The highlight of your day awaits: an unforgettable experience swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat. Your expert guide will introduce you to the Dolphin Encounter team, who will provide a comprehensive briefing and equip you with all the necessary gear. As you slip into the crystal-clear waters, prepare to be amazed as these intelligent and playful creatures glide and twirl around you, creating a magical symphony of movement and joy.

Soak in the Majestic Scenery:

After your exhilarating swim, take some time to explore Kaikoura's stunning surroundings. Stroll along the rugged coastline, where crashing waves meet rocky shores, or simply relax and savor the tranquility of this coastal paradise.

Return to Christchurch:

As the day draws to a close, your guide will transport you back to Christchurch, leaving you with cherished memories of your Kaikoura adventure. You'll be dropped off at your accommodation, where you can reflect on the beauty of nature and the wonder of encountering these magnificent marine mammals.

Your Kaikoura dolphin swim experience is more than just a tour – it's an unforgettable encounter with the natural world and a celebration of the harmonious relationship between humans and wildlife.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Travel by luxury vehicle
  • Maximum of 8 guests per tour.
  • Swimming with Dolphins (guests require swimwear and towel).
  • Cafe lunch in Kaikoura
  • Courtesy city hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Delicious morning or afternoon tea picnic (weather permitting)
  • Fully escorted with informative commentary.

Departure time: 7:30 am
Return: approx. 5.45 pm

Tour Code: KA03

Kaikoura Swimming with Dolphins

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Your tour includes:
  • Experienced, knowledgeable Guide 
  • Pick up and drop off to your hotel
  • Swim with Dolphins Encounter
  • Cafe Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • An amazing, unforgettable experience!


The following is recommended:
  • Rain jacket
  • Sweater or jacket suitable for cooler weather.
  • Hat (type depending on weather)
  • Sunscreen (high SPF)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle