Best Group Activities in Kaikoura

THE 10 BEST Large Group Activities & Things to Do in Kaikoura

Best Group Activities in Kaikoura

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  • Katherine T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would highly recommend doing at least part of this walk while visiting Kaikoura. The full loop that we did (starting and ending in the town center of Kaikoura) easily takes about 5-6 hours. There are multiple tracks--one along the top of the cliffs and the other down along the shoreline. We started along the lower shoreline track from the car park at the end of Fyffe Quay (Point McKean), which had amazing view of seals (literally hundreds) at about 10 minutes into the walk. After continuing on the shoreline track for about an hour (and continuing to see more seals and sea birds), the track ran out (or was washed out), so we had to double back and climb up the connecting track to the cliff track at Whaler's Bay Lookout. We then continued along the cliff track for the rest of the loop to the South Bay Reserve car park. There is a pedestrian walkway (Tom's Track) that connects from South Bay Pde back to the town center. We enjoyed the whole walk, but the most scenic parts are close to the car parks on both ends. If you have a car and are interested in doing a shorter version, I would consider driving and parking at the Fyffe Quay car park to explore the lower shoreline track and seal colony near Point McKean. Then, I would drive over to the South Bay Reserve car park and walk up to the cliff track to explore some of the views there. If you are an avid trekker, I would say to go for the full loop!
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Michael C
    Derby, UK2,022 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This seal colony can easily be viewed from the road. We saw about dozen seals, including several pups. all basking on the rocks. It was a thrilling experience to see these animals close-up.
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • Michael C
    Derby, UK2,022 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a very pleasant afternoon on this peninsula. There were quite a few seals basking on the rocks which we were able to observe from a respectful distance. In addition to the seals there were lots of black-back gulls and red-bill gulls to be seen.
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,524 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We'd been before on out last trip but it's definitely worth doing again. The displays are great. Our only gripe was the fact that the earthquake display was now part of the general museum - that's only because it was fascinating seeing it all in one place before. However, there's a lot to see and a huge amount of history and local stories. Very well laid out and something for everybody. We'd go again if back in the area once more
    Written 17 April 2024
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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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  • felicia
    Orebro, Sweden3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a beautiful walk along the beaches in Kaikoura with Kevin and his fascinating and intelligent llamas. It’s a cool experience to bond with an animal this way and I highly recommend it. The yummy cakes and coffee is a nice bonus!
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • Wanderlust
    Nottinghamshire, UK241 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really enjoyed this trip, everything was well organised, from the booking, check in, the coach trip to the catamaran terminal. The day we were on the trip, they had advised there was a high risk of sea sickness due to the high winds/choppy water so at least you could prepare by taking medication in advance of the sailing.
    The staff were entertaining, engaging and really made the trip by providing advise if you were feeling unwell etc as to where the best seating would be and things to try.
    Very informative as to the whales seen in the area, lifespan, migration habits and the whales they had come to know.
    We were lucky enough to spot a sperm whale, who was at the surface long enough for everyone on the vessel to see. We subsequently found out the whale's name is Rangatira, a male, well known to them from the nicks/ shape of the tale.
    It really couldn't have been any better the staff really made this!
    Written 5 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Maggie B
    Wellington, New Zealand16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great guides and easy access to a whole range of alpine flora including a penwiper! Will probably book for next year it was so good.
    Written 3 January 2022
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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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  • Victor J
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic morning with Ian! I’ve chartered a lot of boats and this trip was easily in the top of the heap. Don’t bother with dolphin and albatross trips as you’ll see and interact with both. My wife and I boated probably 50 fish, the action is constant, the boat is large and comfortable, the company is priceless and a morning we’ll remember forever. Do yourself a favor and lock in some time, you’ll thank me and the other 5 star reviewers later! Thanks again Ian!!!
    Written 22 November 2022
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