Earthquake Travel Advisory - Kaikoura in Canterbury, New Zealand is a small coastal seaside tourism town and a very popular destination for both local and international travellers. Kaikoura is well know for its crayfish and marine life and famous for whale watching and swimming with the dolphins. Kaikoura is situated midway between Christchurch and Picton on the east coast of the South Island and is close to the rugged mountain range running the length of New Zealand. more
Kaikoura is about 2 hours drive from Christchurch and 2 hours drive from Picton. The drive in either direction offers stunning coastal scenery for large parts of the journey. The Tranz Coastal Pacific train is an alternative way of getting to Kaikoura and is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.
With a population of about 4,000, Kaikoura has a fascinating history with whaling established the town in 1843. Whaling ceased in 1964 and the township turned to its marine attractions to establish a wide range of water based tourism activities as well as other eco-tourism orientated activities.
The weather in Kaikoura varies from about 10 degrees Celsius in winter to an average of 22 degrees Celsius in summer.
There is plenty to see and do in Kaikoura including whale watching, dolphin swimming, walks, fishing, bird watching, visiting the seal colony, shopping, dining and generally relaxing by the sea.
Accommodation in Kaikoura is extensive with a good selection of hotels, motels, apartments through to backpackers and budget accommodation.
Kaikoura is part of the popular and scenic Alpine Pacific Triangle, a touring route which links it with the Hurunui district including Hanmer and Christchurch.
Fur seals lounge on rocks just metres from the shore, dusky and Hector's dolphins frolic in the sea within sight of town, while only a few kilometres further out, giant sperm whales haunt the depths.
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Mobile-friendly - Comfortable accommodation furnished with tasteful decor. Studio and family units all with queen-size beds, Sky TV and BBQ area. Accessible accommodation. Offering an ideal balance between convenience and tranquility. Kaikoura is a magical destination located between Christchurch and Blenheim. Experience the rugged coastal alpine scenery, whale watching, dolphin swimming, diving and an abundance of eco-tourism related activities.
Mobile-friendly - Kaikoura has the greatest number of different seabirds in a small area. View these birds in their natural environment. Birds include albatross, petrels, shearwaters, terns, shags and gulls. Experience the sensation of getting close to the mighty albatross, one of the world's largest flight birds.
Mobile-friendly - Accommodation set in picturesque, quiet, rural setting with stunning mountain views, but still only 400 metres from town. Excellent selection of accommodation, cabins, en-suites and motels, with park facilities for powered campervan or tent sites. Facilities include heated pool and spas, wireless Internet and high pressure showers. Qualmark 4.5 star rating for holiday park and Qualmark 4 stars for Motels.
Creating innovative and imaginative self-drive itineraries tailored to your own requirements. If you have a desire to indulge your senses with spectacular food and gold medal wines during your visit, then this is the itinerary for you - a self-drive tour of New Zealand created specially for lovers of great food and fine wine.
Mobile-friendly - Award-winning motel accommodation, superbly located on Kaikoura waterfront, within close proximity to township and Kaikoura's better restaurants. 15 spacious, well-appointed units providing choice of Executive, Luxury and Standard studios as well as one and two-bedroom family apartments. All rooms fully self-contained, climate controlled and double-glazed for maximum comfort. Most rooms enjoy magnificent sea and mountain views. Sky Guest select available.
Mobile-friendly - Austin Heights offers quality, spacious, en suite accommodation units with top views, own balcony and private entrance to each unit. Great hospitality with Lynne and John your kiwi hosts. All situated on the Kaikoura Peninsula with one of the best views available. Amidst all of Kaikoura's major attractions - whale watching by boat or helicopter, dolphin encounter and seal colony.
Mobile-friendly - Awatea Country Bed and Breakfast is a purpose-built B&B with four spacious, sunny guest rooms, a spacious lounge, dining area, and courtyard separate from the owner's private living area. Nestled in rural Kaikoura countryside, Awatea delivers spectacular views of the South Pacific, as well as unforgettable images of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges.
Mobile-friendly - Bella Vista Motel invites visitors to Kaikoura to experience its friendly service and modern units at competitive rates. 18 superior, self-contained and fully serviced units, including spa bath units. Town centre 5 minutes walk. Access units. High speed Internet service. Kaikoura is NZs popular eco-tourism destination. Qualmark 4 Star rated. Bronze Enviro award. Book direct and get the best price.
Mobile-friendly - Situated three hours from Christchurch, half way between Blenheim and Kaikoura is Camp Kekerengu. Set on the majestic Kaikoura Coast, sheep and beef farm, Ngaio Downs, you'll feel a million miles from anywhere as you gaze out to the ocean from your luxury tent. With three large tents, sleeping up to 11, this is the perfect campsite for groups.
Mobile-friendly - Chauffeurnz.com specialises in transport for the South Island of New Zealand. We are committed to providing ultimate comfort private chauffeur services to meet each client's unique requirements while on holiday or corporate transfers. If you would like to be privately chauffeured in the luxury of Lexus sedans and Mercedes Benz mini vans we are the transport business for you.
Mobile-friendly - Here at Christchurch Touring Company, we specialise in small group tours, luxury charter services, cruise ship excursions and exclusive airport transfers. Our range includes Christchurch City, Canterbury and the surrounding regions – including Kaikoura, Akaroa and Banks Peninsula, Hanmer Springs and further afield.
Dolphin watching and swimming in Kaikoura. Get wonderful views of the spectacular and acrobatic dusky dolphins from one of our boats. See the dolphins in their natural environment with the option to swim amongst these friendly creatures. Swimming with the dolphins is an experience of a lifetime.
Mobile-friendly - With 28 newly-built guest rooms, (all with private en suite bathroom) magnificent gardens, licensed restaurant and a homely Irish bar, we know your stay at Donegal House will become a memory recalled with delight. Donegal House is close to Kaikoura's unique attractions with the town centre only a few minutes away. New onsite campervan park with 43 power sites.
Mobile-friendly - We offer a clean homely environment with bunk rooms, doubles, twins, ensuite rooms with heating in all rooms. Bed linen and pillows are provided. 3 large kitchen's fully-equipped as well as BBQ's on the decks free to use. Large heated salt water pool, and spa available to enjoy while staying with us. Unlimited wifi available for all guests.
Mobile-friendly - Tour Nelson's boutique wineries, gardens, scenic highlights, arts and crafts galleries. Taste the wine or meet the artists in their studios in New Zealand's sunshine capital. We can organise personalised itineraries to suit and small group tours. We have a range of vehicles, able to cater for all group sizes. We have tours covering the top of the South Island.
Mobile-friendly - The most awesome fishing charter, with experienced crew. "Skipper Mark" will take you on an adventure of a life-time catching an enormous array of fish and pulling cray pots. All equipment provided, quality reels, well maintained. Fishing within minutes of leaving shore. Your catch filleted and bagged. All levels of experience welcomed. Scenic tours available for groups up to 8.
Mobile-friendly - Hassle Free Tours provides a full day tour that includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains before arriving in Kaikoura. On this tour, you'll have time to explore Kaikoura, go on tour with Whale Watch Kaikoura, and visit to a seal colony. This tour will be informative and entertaining with commentary from our local kiwi guides.
Mobile-friendly - Car Hire in Kaikoura- We can arrange to meet and greet at Railway, Bus, Airfield or Accommodation for pickup & return. Our rates are $85 per day, including insurance and mileage. Vehicles to be refueled on return. You will need a valid licence and credit card for our security to hire a vehicle. All our vehicles are automatic. Bookings essential.
Oahu Point is 20km north of Kaikoura, and you cannot miss it if you are driving south from Picton. You'll start seeing seals swimming near the coast as you get close to Oahu, where some rocks offer a perfect shelter for fur seals and their puppies.
Mobile-friendly - One of New Zealand's finest private walks. The Kaikoura Coast Track is a 2-day loop, unguided private walking track through beautiful bush-clad valleys, across hill country farmland and along the fabulous untouched Kaikoura coastline, with views of the Kaikoura snowclad mountains rising out of the sea. Experience real farm hospitality. Tramp between lodges with just a day pack.
Jump aboard the Kaikoura Express and we’ll take you on a scenic journey with optional free connections to the Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Tours. Run away and play for a day (or two) in Kaikoura with complimentary Christchurch pick ups. Just 200 kilometres to the North, Kaikoura is a historic seaside settlement famous for wildlife, culture and great food!
Mobile-friendly - Kaikoura Fishing Tours for Crayfish and Fishing Charters with Captain Tomo. One hour to full day trips available with full Penn gear supplied and toilet and cooking facilities onboard. Dive and scenic trips also available. Eco friendly – we take only what we need. Catch filleted and bagged ready for the pan or if preferred, catch and release.
New Zealand's most experienced aerial whale-watching company. We are the only helicopter operator in the world to view Sperm Whales twelve months of the year. Flying is both comfortable and affordable and with the ability to hover, land and go places quickly, a helicopter is the only way to experience the wonderful land and sea scapes of Kaikoura.
Mobile-friendly - The Kaikoura coast is home to an abundance of marine life and sea birds. The curious NZ Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins are only a few paddle strokes away.There is no better way to explore this fascinating environment than to paddle your own sea kayak on a safe, guided tour with us. No experience or swimming ability necessary.
Kaikoura Llama Trekking includes spectacular views of the Kaikoura mountain ranges, North Island, and Kaikoura peninsular. The half-day trek include a coastal trek along the Kaikoura Bay, a visit to Fyffe House, peninsular seal colony and a free picnic with hot/cold drinks and homemade cake! The full-day trek is a high country trek on private land.
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Kaikoura Aftershock Adventure
This is South Pacific Helicopters NZ's exclusive flight that showcases natures force, the geological and environmental changes to Kaikoura coastal areas, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure. South Pacific ...
Where: South Pacific Whale Watch, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 72 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 9:30am on Saturday 10th February 2018
To: 11:10am on Wednesday 28th February 2018
Kaikoura Walk 'n' Talk
Join DOC for a guided Peninsula Walk N Talk. Learn about the Kaikoura Titi (Hutton Shearwater colony), seals, the blue penguin, whaling stations and the cultural landscape. The walk is 2.5km which should take about ...
Where: Point Kean Car Park, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 40 Fyffe Quay, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 2:00pm on Sunday 14th January 2018
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 25th February 2018
Seaweek - Kaikōura Walk n Talk
Join DOC for a guided Peninsula walk n talk. Learn about the Kaikoura Titi (Hutton Shearwater colony), seals, the blue penguin, whaling stations and the cultural landscape. The walk is 2.5 km which should take about ...
Where: Point Kean Car Park, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 40 Fyffe Quay, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 2:00pm on Sunday 25th February 2018
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 25th February 2018
Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach
Innovative Waste Kaikoura Ltd and Te Hā o Mātauranga - Learning in Kaikōura are pleased to host an evening session on zero waste living. Join Hannah Blumhardt and Liam Prince, the No-Waste Nomads behind The Rubbish ...
Where: Te Hā o Mātauranga - Learning in Kaikoura, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 14 Ludstone Street
From: 7:00pm on Monday 26th February 2018
To: 9:00pm on Monday 26th February 2018
Kegkoura Craft Beer Festival
It's back for a second year! Following on from the success of last years Kegkoura we are doing it again - bigger and better! Kaikoura's very own craft beer festival has a change of venue this year, it will be held ...
Where: Emporium Brewing, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 57A Beach Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 12:00pm on Saturday 3rd March 2018
To: 6:00pm on Saturday 3rd March 2018