Spend time with some of the world’s most unique wildlife in their natural habitat. Swim alongside the world’s smallest dolphins in Akaroa and look forward to observing a variety of whales in Kaikoura all year round. Frolic with fishes and New Zealand fur seals in majestic fjords and feast on freshly-caught seafood grilled on your boat. On land, visit eco-sanctuaries – and say hello to some of the rarest native wildlife including the takahē (a flightless bird), the tuatara (a reptilian living fossil) and the iconic Kiwi bird.