Exciting Things to Do in Kaikoura for Thrill Seekers

THE 10 BEST Extreme Activities & Thrilling Things to Do in Kaikoura

Exciting Things to Do in Kaikoura for Thrill Seekers

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  • Jane P
    Masterton, New Zealand40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic experience for all ages. Took our young grandchildren on the dolphin tour and they loved every minute. Saw so many dolphins as well as seals and a sunfish. The staff are very friendly and helpful. If I had one criticism it’s the dolphin swimmers using the only toilet to get changed. We waited a while for people to come out and our grandchildren were struggling waiting to use the loo. Other than that I can’t fault it ❤️
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Ann B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This kayak trip was absolutely one of the best experiences so far on our 30 day NZ adventure. Kiley was our guide and she went over and beyond to make our sea lion watching kayak adventure amazing. She was an excellent communicator and gave us a comprehensive overview of the sea life as we paddled through the coves. Everyone on the team gets 5 stars.
    Highly recommend this kayak tour company!
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • Gail M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience:) loved the pilot for staying up longer so we could see a whale and we did … had a whale of a time … would do it again
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • jodoh2017
    Lifton, UK21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience just paddling the kayaks, but of course hugely enhanced by the magnificent views all around, the awesome seal antics and the really informative and interesting guides who took great care of us.
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • Kate F
    London, UK23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out, and we were blessed with sunny weather. The booking was easy, check-in very friendly when we arrived, and the crew on board were hands on, very helpful and knowledgeable. We came away feeling great about catching so much fish! Dolphins and albatross thrown in close up, it could not have been a better day! Very impressed, too, with the integrity of sharing the crayfish.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • Rhonda A
    South Portland, ME1,074 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved, loved our 30 minute adventure to look for sperm whales! Kaikoura is uniquely set up for this as there is deep ocean depth near to land. From the waiting area to the pilot to the plane - a first class operation. They work with other local companies to spot whales and timed our flight for the optimal time to see a sighted whale. As in all nature there are no guarantees ( we didn’t see a kiwi in Kapiti Island) but we were lucky on this flight! Really a must do if in the area!
    Written 27 October 2023
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  • famvanderwende57
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We recently moved to Kaikoura from the North Island and we really wanted to experience a helicopter flight in our new area. It was just awesome, the pilot was really informative and Dan Stevenson made it very easy for my grand-daughters feel safe and comfortable. It was the best experience for us all and gave us a really informative insight to the earthquakes and how it had changed Kaikoura. We also managed to see a huge pod of dolphins surfing so made it so much more wonderful. Highly recommended.
    Written 14 January 2024
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  • fionajane2015
    Paihia, New Zealand43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable few hours in near perfect conditions, spent with a couple of generous kiwi blokes who love a good yarn and love sharing with others, their little piece of paradise. The bonus was the huge pod of dolphins playing in the Bay and seals basking on the rock below.
    Written 26 December 2023
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  • Katie F
    145 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent yesterday morning swimming with the seals and enjoyed it immensely! I couldn't have had a better experience with the seals. The tour the were very carefully not to abuse the natural wildlife during the tour and explained the time before we set off (ie keep three meters away etc), except they forgot to tell the seals! These lovely creatures playfully somersault around us, looking us directly in the grave from less than a meter away. I always felt totally safe underway the expert care of Al, who was very helpful and expert.
    Written 25 September 2022
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  • Helena F
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely fantastic experience flying a helicopter! Aaron was friendly, clear and incredibly knowledgeable. We saw loads of dolphins, seals and even a blue whale! Perfect Birthday present and once in a lifetime activity.
    Written 14 April 2023
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  • Chris D
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great half day adventure , albeit you do have the option to do multi day trips . River was low but we were pre warned and it was still cracking fun and a chance to swim in the Clarence river was very welcome . Ruby, our “ skipper “ , was really friendly and knowledgeable so we learnt a lot about the river and its history , including the impact of the last earthquake and the bizarre story about the “ furries “ . Would definitely recommend but the river level does impact the extent of the white knuckle effect .
    Written 17 January 2024
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  • Casey D
    Kaikoura7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peter and the crew were a great team to look after us! Out for a girls trip with 14 pretty inexperienced people fishing they were helpful and knowledgeable. Great experience
    Written 12 November 2023
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  • Caroline r
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was on a doble dive. Really professional crew! Dive with them! Can’t really tell you anything they did wrong.
    Written 18 January 2020
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  • amydower
    West Yorkshire, UK15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had my first surfing lesson with Tamara. She was awesome, such a good teacher. I communicated with dave over the phone and he was super friendly. If your in Kaikoura and want to give surfing a go, I would Highley recommend these guys.
    Written 1 February 2020
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