Lonely Planet
'Top 10 Best Marine Encounter - Worldwide'
Lonely Planet <br/> 'Top 10 Best Marine Encounter - Worldwide'
Lonely Planet
'Top 10 Best Marine Encounter - Worldwide'

Seal Swim Kaikoura - A totally unique experience

***UPDATE ON NOVEMBER 14 EARTHQUAKE*** We are operational and taking bookings as usual. We now have road access from Christchurch to Kaikoura via SH1 (during daylight hours only at the moment, approximately 2.5 to 3 hours) and Route 70 via Waiau. Please note that there can be temperary closures though so it is impotant to check the latest updates before travel. Unfortunately the direct road access from Blenheim to Kaikoura is likely to be closed for the rest of the season. There is an alternative route however this will take approximately 6 1/4 hours, we understand that this will no longer work with some peoples itineraies. Please note that there is access from Blenheim to Clarence and sections of the coast between Blenheim and Kaikoura from the north however you will not be able to get all the way through. Please email us for information regarding road access and available detours on book@sealswimkaikoura.co.nz.

Click here to purchase a Seal Swim Gift Voucher that is valid for two years and fully refundable if not used:) 


Join us for a totally unique experience seal swimming with New Zealand Fur Seals in their own spectacular marine environment on the beautiful East Coast of the South Island!

Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breath taking nature activity and recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Marine Encounters' by Lonely Planet.

We are New Zealand’s original seal swimming crew. Family ownened, we have been operating safe and enjoyable tours to swim with the seals since 1987. For us living in Kaikoura and taking people seal swimming is a life style choice. There are not many successful businesses such as ours where the owners are still jumping in the water every day to be your guides. Our tours are licenced by the New Zealand Department of Conservation and we work hard to ensure that we do not disturb the natural behavioural patterns of the seals. The seals are totally free to come and go as they please.

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You'll be part of an intimate group of like minded adventurers suited up with warm wetsuits and guided on one of our boat-based or land-based seal snokelling tours.  Both tours are of the same duration and aim to have a similar interaction time. For advanced bookings we recommend the boat based tours as they have a higher success rate in a wider range of conditions. 

This is an experience that you do not want to miss out on. Happy travels and maybe we will see you soon.

Adults: Swim $110 - View $55
Children: Swim $70 - View $35 (14 years and under)