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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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.
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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. 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.
Christchurch Taxi Tours 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 Arrivals Hall 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.
Mobile-friendly - The Coastal Pacific train between Christchurch and Picton is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Travel along 98km of stunning coastline, and take a break in Kaikoura to experience a whale watch tour. Daily return service over the extended summer season (October-April).
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.
This is one seriously enchanting boutique hotel on Kaikoura's waterfront esplanade. Having undergone a total transformation in style and service following the November 2016 earthquake, the hotel has gone from great to magnificent. Everything has been sumptuously reinvented - "elegantly out-there" - paying particular attention to hospitality, lighting, and style, inside and out.
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 - 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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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: 2:00pm on Saturday 26th May 2018
To: 2:40pm on Saturday 29th September 2018
Cadbury Dairy Milk - Share the Taste Road Trip
New Zealanders live busy lives, so Cadbury wants to bring Kiwis together across the country to share a moment with someone they care about. The Cadbury team will spend six weeks road tripping throughout the country ...
Where: West End Car Park, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 53 West End
From: 3:00pm on Monday 25th June 2018
To: 6:00pm on Monday 25th June 2018
Hot on the heels of their 5th studio album release ‘LEGACY’, Katchafire hit New Zealand for their annual winter tour with 11 shows in August and September. The latest offering from the band has seen them hit no.1 on ...
Where: Kaikoura Memorial Hall, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 32 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 7:00pm on Friday 21st September 2018
To: 11:00pm on Friday 21st September 2018