Holy Molly Returns For Summer
Giant Sperm Whale that we see off the Kaikōura coastline all year round are the largest of the toothed cetaceans they can measure in at up to 20 metres in...
Kaikoura Quake; Bounce back
Kaikoura Quake is a short documentary, starring BBC and National Geographic presenter, Lizzie Daly. At midnight, a magnitude 7. 8 earthquake struck New Zealand, devastating habitats and breeding grounds.
Southern right whales / Tohorā
Southern right whales can be found in the Southern Hemisphere, mainly between 20° and 55° South. They used to be common around mainland New Zealand but due to extensive whaling they are now a rarity.
The giant petrels are known as the vultures of the Southern Ocean and can be seen scavenging off the coast in Kaikōura. These petrels are a pelagic (oceanic) species of bird. They are the largest of the petrels and there are two different species. The most common species that we see in Kaikōura is the northern giant petrel which can be seen here all year round. Once the winter months arrive we also see the southern giant petrel.
Winter Whale Watching
Quite often we are asked “when is the best time of year to go whale watching”? Short answer, all year round!!!
In Kaikōura, the common dolphins are not as common as the name suggests. They mainly come to visit our coastline in the summer months.
What is the reason we get such an abundance of marine wildlife here in Kaikōura? We have a deep submarine canyon situated close to shore and major currents merge into this canyon and it produces a highly productive underwater system.
5 Reasons to visit Kaikōura
Where mountains meet the sea. The picturesque views of the blue waters meeting the mountains is unique to Kaikōura.
Growing to 33 cm and weighing only 1 kg the little blue penguin is the smallest penguin in the world. They are the most common penguin to be seen along the New Zealand coastline and surrounding islands.
Fully grown Westland petrels can reach 55cm in length and can weigh up 1.5kg. They only breed in an 8km wide strip of forested foothills close to Punakaiki on the West Coast of the South Island.