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.
Air Kaikoura was the first to offer Whale Watching flights and for the last 25 years has been providing amazing whale experiences, scenic flights, pilot-a-plane trips and pilot training. Experience the stunning beauty of a place where mountains meet the sea, and marine life abounds. Let Air Kaikoura show you that there's… “More to a whale than just the tail.”
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.
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 - 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.
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, spa and sauna 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.
Experience the real New Zealand on these multi-award-winning tours. Trips include free hikes, amazing accommodation by lakes, mountains and oceans, superb bike rides, tasty meals, visits to a traditional Marae and access to New Zealand's most stunning National Parks. Unbeatable value, covers both islands, range from 3-28 days + the chance to take extended breaks, something for everyone.
Situated in the central South Island of New Zealand, G and J Campers offer self-drive, fully-equipped two, four and six-berth motorhomes. Ideal base for exploring the stunning South Island high country lakes, and Mount Cook region. All campervans have hot and cold pressurized water, heater, gas cooker, microwave, fridge, toilet, shower, pillows and towels. Bedding available on request.
Mobile-friendly - Christchurch offers the visitor a wide range of things to do and see. Whether you only have an hour or two, or you have a few days to spend sightseeing, Gold Band Taxis can provide you with a knowledgeable personal tour driver.
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 - We are pleased to offer affordable, quality accommodation to all guests. Our self-contained ground floor studio and two-bedroom apartments with free on-site parking are set in very sunny, spacious surroundings with spectacular mountain views. Unlimited free Wifi and SkyTV. Only minutes from whale watching, dolphin and seal swimming, great surf casting beach and shopping centre, bar and restaurant complex.
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 $85.00 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.
You will enjoy excellent deep sea fishing with our safe, experienced team aboard the 12.6-metre vessel Takapu. Blue cod, sea perch, grouper and many other species are caught, New Zealand rock lobster pulled up in pots. The famous Kaikoura canyon, mountains, local bird population and sea life provide excellent photographic opportunities.
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.
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.
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