Kaikoura, wildlife: whales, seals,
dolphins, sharks & birds.
Kaikoura has an abundance of wildlife ranging
from whales, the largest animals on earth, down to the endangered wetas
and snails. A lot of these animals can be seen by just wandering about
while others require a lot of effort and patience or a guided tour.
Kaikoura is becoming the seabird watching
capital of New Zealand. Bird watching off Kaikoura is new, exciting
and completely under rated. Nowhere else in New Zealand is there such
a vast array of ocean going (Pelagic) birds within close proximity
Ranging from the majestic Royal Albatross (Toroa), weighing in at
9kgs and huge wing span of over 3 metres, right down to the tiny Diving
Petrel (Kuaka) at a mere 130 grams and full height of 20cms.
Bush & Mountain Creatures.
snail usually found only in warmer regions, three species of the endangered
Giant Weta and the indigenous Kaikoura Black-eyed Gecko are hidden
away in the high ranges along with other species of Skinks, Geckos
and many strange insects.
Marine Animals: whales, seals, dolphins.
Marine mammals such as the Sperm, Pilot, Humpback and Killer
whales or Orcas, as well as Dusky, Common and Hectors dolphins may
all be seen when whale watching offshore. Seals inhabit the coastline
all year round. Mako and Blue sharks also can be seen in the summer months.