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 - Viewing multiple species of albatross and other spectacular seabirds is what the Albatross Encounter tour offers. Just a short distance from shore and you will see more albatross species than in any other coastal location on earth, distinguishing Kaikoura as a unique birdwatching location. Stunning photography opportunities are guaranteed with excellent commentary from our experienced guides.
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.
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Christchurch Taxi Tours & Transfers…a truly personal, bespoke and private tour and transport service offering quality tours, ski / airport transfers of the South Island. Ski transfers between Christchurch, Cardrona, Queenstown and Methven. Each booking managed by the owner, dedicated to quality-service. My TripAdvisor and Google reviews are testimony to my efforts to make "every moment a great memory".
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 - Escorted, customised tours driving our Jaguar, MG and Alfa Romeo classic and modern sports cars, or yours. Enjoy up to five different cars touring the wonderful uncrowded roads of the South Island. Day or multi day trips on set dates or to your choice, taking in delightful destinations, riveting roads, characterful company, delicious dining, affable accommodation and stunning scenery!
Mobile-friendly - The dusky dolphins of Kaikoura are known as the "acrobats of the sea" due to their displays of brilliant leaps and somersaults, quite typical dusky behaviour. This tour operates all year-round and two options are available - swimming with the dolphins or remaining on board the boat to enjoy the spectacle. All swimming-equipment supplied and advance bookings are essential.
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!
Mobile-friendly - Part of GCH Aviation, Garden City Helicopters have an array of exciting helicopter flight options in Christchurch & Canterbury to suit all budgets. Our Christchurch City Scenic flight is the best way to get a bird's eye view of the rapidly changing city. Try your hand at flying a helicopter on our trial-flight or relax into a winery lunch tour.
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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.
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.
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The Kaikōura Hop
Come and join the fun at the Kaikoura Hop. Cars, Cruising, Car Show, Fun, Food & Entertainment. The Grease themed Fonz & Doug's Wedding chapter. Wednesday 18 Sept - Early Birds Quiz Night Thursday 19 Sept - ...
Where: Kaikoura Racecourse, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: South Bay Parade, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 10:00am on Wednesday 18th September 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019
Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach
The Rubbish Trip returns to Kaikōura to deliver their flagship presentation about low-waste living and to share a waste-free potluck! Te Hā o Mātauranga - Learning in Kaikōura and Innovative Waste Kaikoura Ltd ...
Where: Te Hā o Mātauranga, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 14 Ludstone Rd, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 5:30pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019
West African Songs, Drumming and Dance Workshop
You are invited to experience the joy of West African Songs, Drumming & Dancing in the supportive & fun environment created by Master Drummer Dancer Koffie Fugah from Ghana, West Africa. Together you will learn ...
Where: Kaikoura Memorial Hall, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 32 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 10:30am on Saturday 28th September 2019
To: 3:00pm on Saturday 28th September 2019
Top of The South - Short Film Festival
Doors Open 6:15 PM - Wine and Snacks. Screening starts: 7:00PM Top of the the South Film Festival: Now in its fifth year, the homegrown Top of the South Film Festival continues to expand in quantity and quality. ...
Where: Kaikoura Museum, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 96 W End, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 6:00pm on Saturday 28th September 2019
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 28th September 2019
Kaikōura Adventure Race
Welcome to the Kaikōura Adventure Race! Adventure Racing is a sport combining multiple disciplines including trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, and navigation, into a complete journey. Teams race together to ...
Where: Kaikoura High School, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 1 Rorrisons Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury
From: 12:00pm on Saturday 26th October 2019
To: 10:00pm on Sunday 27th October 2019