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Kaikoura

Canterbury - Kaikoura, New Zealand

Earthquake Travel Advisory - Kaikoura in Canterbury, New Zealand is a small coastal seaside resort 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, swimming with the dolphins, walks, fishing, bird watching, visiting the seal colony, shopping, dining and generally relaxing by the sea. Fishing in Kaikoura is considered some of the best in New Zealand, and it is this bounty that attracts so many whales and dolphins to its shores.

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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Julian Temple Band

Fri 18th Jan 2019

Following a highly successful album release tour back in June, San Francisco/Dunedin minstrels Julian Temple Band are playing a string of shows across Aotearoa as part of their “Portal To The Lettuce Inn” tour. ...

Where: The Strawberry Tree, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 21 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 8:30pm on Friday 18th January 2019
To: 11:30pm on Friday 18th January 2019

Kaikoura Aftershock Adventure

From: Sat 26th May 2018

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: 2:00pm on Saturday 26th May 2018
To: 2:40pm on Saturday 27th April 2019

Isaiah B Brunt Trio - Voodoo Tour

Thu 7th Feb 2019

His is an age-old sound reminiscent of the kind of earthy blues, soul and folk that held sway during the mid-1960s. His rampaging slide stings, utilizing tried’n’true blues progressions but adding a modern sheen to ...

Where: The Strawberry Tree, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 21 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 7:00pm on Thursday 7th February 2019
To: 10:00pm on Thursday 7th February 2019

Jesse Morris and the Shakedown + Sky Eater (AU)

Fri 8th Feb 2019

Aotearoa - South Island NZ tour 2019. Roots, soul & reggae fusion direct from the Bundjalung region of the east coast of Aus. Promoting their new album ‘the Shakedown’ this epic quintet has played over 200 shows ...

Where: The Strawberry Tree, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 21 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 9:00pm on Friday 8th February 2019
To: 11:55pm on Friday 8th February 2019

Ice Skate Tour

From: Wed 27th Feb 2019

Be prepared for a cool but not cold ice skating experience. The Ice Skate Tour travels around New Zealand with state of the art, artificial ice rinks. They look like ice and have 97% same gliding capacity as natural ...

Where: Kaikoura Memorial Hall, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 32 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 3:00pm on Wednesday 27th February 2019
To: 5:00pm on Sunday 3rd March 2019

The Kaikoura Curling Cup 2019

Fri 1st Mar 2019

Enjoy a great time with your colleagues, family or friends. A unique opportunity to try out curling, a fun activity for all! We'll have great music from the 80's and 90's going. Teams of 4 adults compete in pools of 4 ...

Where: Kaikoura Memorial Hall, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 32 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 6:00pm on Friday 1st March 2019
To: 9:00pm on Friday 1st March 2019

Kegkoura Craft Beer Festival

Sat 2nd Mar 2019

It's back for it's 3rd year, Kaikoura's very own craft beer festival. This is a great little festival, purposely small with only 5 breweries to keep it a chilled and relaxed afternoon with a focus on great craft beer ...

Where: Emporium Brewing, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 57A Beach Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 12:00pm on Saturday 2nd March 2019
To: 6:00pm on Saturday 2nd March 2019

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