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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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. 4.5 star rating for holiday park and 4 stars for Motels.
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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.
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.
Christchurch Taxi Tours and Tranfers is the BEST way to see Christchurch. Personal tours upto 4 people, you won't be lost in a bus full of people. On a flight? I'll track your flight and will be waiting in the ArrivalsHall for you when you land. Covering Christchurch, Canterbury, Akaroa & The Bays and more South Island top Destinations. WiFi-available.
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 - 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.
Hunt with our experienced and knowledgeable guides on the highest freehold land in New Zealand. Proximity to Kaikoura. Experience a taste of true free-range hunting amongst New Zealand wilderness in the Seaward Kaikoura mountains. Come over to Puhi Peaks Station and we will arrange the experience of a lifetime!
Nested 30 feet above the ground in the canopy of a native Kanuka grove is a distinctive, one-of-a-kind accommodation appealing to both the young and the young at heart. Located just 12 kilometres north of the renowned eco-marine town of Kaikoura. Composed of five luxury tree houses, four luxury lodge suites and the Olive House suite.
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 - 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.
A one-stop shop for Kaikoura holiday makers and holiday home owners. We're passionate about the Kaikoura area and its natural beauty. We love having the opportunity of sharing our love for this region with others. We believe in the values of the clean green image that Kaikoura portrays and offer our accommodation guests and clients an eco-friendly, sustainable service.
Mobile-friendly - Kaikoura's Original Kayak Operator Est 1998 - Celebrating 20 years in service. 100% Success rate for Seal Viewing! Join our award winning tour. Paddle with playful Fur Seals, chance encounters with Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins. 1/2 day guided 'Seal Kayaking' tours suitable for all ages and abilities. Family’s welcome, no experience needed. TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2018.
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.
Mobile-friendly - Kaikoura's only Beachfront Holiday Park, 10 minutes south of town. Fabulous Beachfront Powered Sites with Breathtaking Ocean and Mountain Views. Large powered sites surrounded by native trees. Tent sites available on the beachfront or in park, as well as cabin accommodation. Playground, Mini-Golf, Flying-Fox, Real Fruit Ice Creams and heaps more. Facilities include great showers. A true kiwi holiday experience.
Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy clifftop views of the sea and mountains. Suitable for families, the whole walkway takes three hours but you can also explore a range of shorter tracks.
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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 Helicopters, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 72 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 2:00pm on Saturday 26th May 2018
To: 2:40pm on Saturday 27th April 2019
The Developing Brain - Kaikoura: CANCELLED
Captivating audiences over 200 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia & Internationally, renowned neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis brings his talk "The Developing Brain" to Kaikoura. Nathan ...
Where: Kaikoura High School, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 1 Rorrisons Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 7:30pm on Monday 8th April 2019
To: 9:00pm on Monday 8th April 2019
ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Kaikoura
This ceremony commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers - the Anzacs - on ...
Where: Kaikoura Memorial Hall, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 32 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 10:30am on Thursday 25th April 2019
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 25th April 2019
Simon & Dan In Kaikoura (Stand Up Comedy)
Christchurch based comedy goons and touring comedians Simon Kingsley Holmes and Dan Brader bring their unique brand of comedy to Kaikoura for one night only! Comedy veterans of various festivals and tours all over NZ ...
Where: Slam Club, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 10-12 Westend, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 8:00pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
To: 10:00pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2019