Maui and Hector’s Dolphin

Hector’s dolphin is the only dolphin found in New Zealand coastal waters and nowhere else in the world. Maui dolphin is the North Island subspecies. They are rarer than most species of Kiwi and continue to be threatened by commercial and recreational fishing. Read more

Sperm Whales

Kaikoura is a great place to study sperm whales as they are present year-round very close to shore. Steve Dawson and Liz Slooten started the sperm whale research programme in Kaikoura in 1990. Read more

Southern Right Whales

Southern right whales used to be so common in New Zealand that people in Wellington complained of being kept awake at night by the noise of the whales. Read more

Bottlenose Dolphins

Bottlenose dolphins are found in most of the World’s coastal areas. Of the dolphins, only killer whales (which really are dolphins) have a wider distribution. Read more