2 Day Kaikoura Marine Wildlife Tour

An incredible opportunity to ogle at a whopper of a whale and swim with the dainty Dusky Dolphin all wrapped up in two fabulous days.

Swim with Dolphins, South Island tours

2 Day Kaikoura Marine Wildlife Tour

Travel over the Waipara Hills to the rugged Kaikoura coastline before enjoying a 3 hour Whale Watch cruise off the coast of Kaikoura. The following morning you have the choice between two incredible wildlife activities before returning back to Christchurch.


Tour Type:

Independent Tours


Christchurch to Christchurch




2 Days

Tour Code:



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Tour Inclusions

  • All transport & transfers
  • 1 night accommodation
  • Superior accommodation includes breakfast
  • Kaikoura Whalewatch Cruise
  • Kaikoura Dolphin Encounter or Wings over Whales

Prices valid from 1st October 2019




Twin/Double $715 NZD $753 NZD Enquire
Triple $686 NZD $732 NZD Enquire
Single $831 NZD $867 NZD Enquire

Prices are per person and in New Zealand Dollars.



Expenses of a personal nature such as meals (except where stated in the itinerary), beverages, travel insurance, laundry and optional sightseeing are not included in the tour cost.


Independent Tours are not escorted group tours - they are for independent travellers. What this means is that it is not the same group of people travelling on their own coach with a tour leader/escort looking after you. You are travelling independently. However, you are picked up and dropped off at your accommodation each morning and evening and interesting commentary is provided on many sectors.

Day By Day Itinerary


Board your coach for your journey to the seaside town of Kaikoura. See rolling farmland, the beautiful Kaikoura coastline and the rugged Kaikoura mountain range. On arrival into Kaikoura join a 3 hour cruise with Kaikoura Whalewatch to marvel at the Giant Sperm Whale and the Dusky Dolphin. Kaikoura Whalewatch has won many international awards for tourism excellence and marine conservation. This afternoon is free at leisure to explore the lovely area.

Stay: Kaikoura


Today you have the choice between two incredible sightseeing options – Kaikoura Dolphin Encounter or a Wings Over Whales Flight.

Kaikoura Dolphin Encounter

The Dolphin Encounter is truly a unique experience where you have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins in their natural environment. The Dusky Dolphins inhabit the coastal waters off Kaikoura all year round making Kaikoura a unique place in the world where wild dolphins can be encountered. There is also the option to simply view from the boat if you prefer (excluding the swim option).

Wings over Whales

Whale watching by fixed wing aeroplane offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment. Each person has their own window seat giving you unobstructed views of the stunning Kaikoura landscape and the clear viewing of the marine life below. This is a fantastic 30 minute flight where you can really appreciate the size of the whales.

This afternoon you board your coach for your return journey to Christchurch arriving early evening.