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Kaikoura Marine Tours

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Address: West End, Kaikoura 7340, New Zealand
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+64 3-319 7316

Kaikoura Marine Tours provides small personal Eco Tours (max 8 people) that...

Kaikoura Marine Tours provides small personal Eco Tours (max 8 people) that are fun, informative and educational. The Eco Tour focus is on Kaikoura’s marine ecosystem and specifically seals, seabirds, and fish. The tour includes seal and albatross viewing as well as a 45 minute ‘fish for your dinner’. This is a fantastic tour for families and the environmentally aware traveller.

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Best day out ever!!!

This was an amazing down to earth and real life nz experience. We caught fish, hauled cray fish, saw dolphins, albatross, many many sea birds and seals. I really couldn't... read more

Reviewed 28 February 2017
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

This was an amazing down to earth and real life nz experience. We caught fish, hauled cray fish, saw dolphins, albatross, many many sea birds and seals. I really couldn't recommend this strong enough. The tour guide was relaxing, welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable. Much much better than the larger operations.

Thank TeresaNZer
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28 reviews
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Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We had a great morning with Simon who took us fishing and then on to see dolphins and seals. Simon was very friendly towards our kids and made the trip feel relaxed and fun. My kids loved the fishing and Simon was very knowledgeable about the fish, birds and all the wildlife we saw. I would highly recommend this tour.... More 

Thank ClaireLS
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Amazing trip! Simon is a legend. Me and my partner got 2 crayfish and 1.2kg of fish. We took it to the local fish and chip shops who cooked it all up for us (for a fee). Great day out.

Thank Hayley C
Singapore, Singapore
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

We had an unforgettable 3 hours with the lovely, very friendly, competent & knowledgeable Simon. A bit of fishing, a visit to a seal nursery to see the babies learning to swim, and an amazing encounter with dozens of wild dolphins swimming and leaping all around the boat. Simon has deep experience & knowledge of the local area and fauna,... More 

Thank salamandersingapore
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 January 2015 via mobile

What can I say. My husband and I had the most amazing trip. Our skipper Simon could not have been more helpful, friendly or knowledgable. We saw pretty much everything there is to see in the incredible Kaikoura waters and to top it off went back with cod, perch and a couple of whopping crayfish for our tea. If you... More 

Thank MMWGlasgow
Copenhagen, Denmark
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2 reviews
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Reviewed 26 January 2015

We had the most amazing tour and absolutely loved it! We started out with a bit of fishing, then spent some of the fish feeding birds (sea gulls and albatross mostly), then raced some dolphins, saw a penguin, a whale in the distance, visited a seal colony and finished off catching crayfish. We were 3 people in all on the... More 

1 Thank mimarimani
Barry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

A wonderful experience. "Whale Watch" is a really well organised with a brief on safety before departure. The staff and guides were very knowledgeable and after a while we experienced the sight of two sperm whales which was truly awesome. On the way back we were told by the captain that we had some "show-offs" and would cut engines for... More 

4 Thank Ray H
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We travelled to Kaikoura specifically to see the marine life and soon found out that the larger operators would not take all of our family (we have two toddlers). Thankfully though Simon was more than happy to take us. In the end it was just us and Simon on the boat so we were able to have a trip that... More 

2 Thank Richard H
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2014

Wonderful experience. The tour brought us right out to sea where we. Got a number of amazing sightings of whales breaching. Fantastic opportunities to take photos. Also saw dolphins and seals. The beaches around Kaikoura are home to numerous basking seals. The beaches are unspoiled and beautiful wild stony features. Wonderful seafood to be had also. Accommodation very inexpensive.

1 Thank BredaK
Norwich, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 18 April 2013

We travelled round South Island and lNorth Island.and this was a highlight of our trip.The visit was well organised with not too many on the boat. The guide was superb as were all the staff assisting. It was such an experience to swim with these intelligent, inquisitive creatures. The were obviously intrigued by us and left when they were bored.... More 

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