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Snorkelling and Diving

Most people know that New Zealand is a world class hiking destination, but what they may not realise is that our oceans are abundant with incredible marine life as well. On our trips we spend plenty of time on the coast, so your guides will be able to point out some of our sea birds, and fur seals and, if you're lucky, you may spot dolphins, whales or even killer whales. On the South Island Kaikoura is the first stop for some of our trips, just north of Christchurch and here you'll get the chance to hike around the peninsula, snorkel with seals or even go whale watching (depending on which trip you choose).

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Snorkelling with Seals in Kaikoura

Swim out among the rocky outcrops and treat yourself to a truly amazing experience. Come face to face with inquisitive seals and watch them gracefully glide and play around you.

Snorkelling with seals in Kaikoura

Snorkel at Poor Knights Islands

The snorkelling and kayaking at Poor Knights Islands is world renowned with clear blue waters and plentiful marine and bird life. There's also a magical cave you can enter called Rikoriko and the whole area is a marine reserve, so there's no fishing allowed. 

snorkelling Poor Knights Islands

Trips that offer snorkelling or diving: 

  • Rimu Ultimate South Island Adventure

    • 14 Days
    • US$5,299 + tax

    4.52 out of 5 (from 4648 reviews)

    Rimu

    Nat Geo Logo 2015This is our signature adventure and a great, outdoorsy way to see New Zealand. We’ve been fine-tuning this perennial favourite since 1996 and it’s simply an awesome trip. You’ll explore the most beautiful, famous and little-known places in the South Island – up close and personal – with legendary hospitality and our unsurpassed attention to detail. For a great way to see the North Island too, combine this trip with our 11-day 'Kauri' (5-day 'Kauri' options available).

    Activity level: The ‘Rimu’ is one of our more adventurous trips, but has options to suit a wide range of ages and outdoor experience. Typically, hikes on the ‘Rimu’ trip range between two and five hours to complete, with longer hikes available on the multi-day option. If you think you’d prefer a more relaxed pace and shorter one to three hour hikes, we recommend checking out our ‘Kiwi’ trip. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to chat about the various options.

  • Kauri Ultimate North Island Adventure

    • 11 Days
    • US$4,699 + tax

    4.35 out of 5 (from 1050 reviews)

    Kauri

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    You'll be amazed by the variety of adventures and stunning scenery as we share the iconic locations and best-kept secrets of the North Island. The perfect addition to any of our South Island trips, the year-round 'Kauri' explores the sub-tropical north, a marine reserve, white sandy beaches, unique volcanic terrain, geothermal areas, Maori culture, an underground cave system and arguably the best mountain day-hike in New Zealand. For a great way to see the rest of New Zealand, combine this trip with any of our South Island trips.

    Activity level: The 'Kauri' suits people of a wide range of fitness levels and outdoor experience. Typically, activities on the 'Kauri' trip range between two and five hours to complete. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike can take a little longer, though there are shorter alternatives available.

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