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Seal Swimming in Kaikoura

Listed under Wildlife in South Island, New Zealand.

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This coastal New Zealand city offers a variety of wildlife encounters but swimming with seals is probably the most unique. Established in 1987, Seal Swim Kaikoura brings visitors to the clear, shallow waters of Kaikoura Peninsula to swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals. These playful and curious sea creatures have been known to come up and interact with swimmers, making this an exhilarating experience. Visitors wear a thick wetsuit which acts like a life jacket, making this an ideal activity for non swimmers and children. Snorkel and fins are also provided. Tours operate from the beginning of October to the end of May.

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

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Dolphins and Crayfish

In summer, from October to April, you can see great pods of dolphins off the coast here - sometimes up to 1000 of them! Contact Dolphin Encounters ( about trips to see them. Later, gorge on the famous local crayfish the size of lobsters.

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