Earthquake November 14th 2016

Kia Ora from the Kaikoura Kayaks Team.

Firstly thank you for your messages, support and patience in these challenging time's for Kaikoura!

Our family, staff and friends are all safe and well.

The good news is we are operating, we have an awesome team and are ready to show you our new coastline. Please check out our latest footage on

Kaikoura is still paradise, the whales, dolphins, seals and bird life are still in abundance around the Kaikoura Peninsula.

The Inland Road - Route 70 (Christchurch to Kaikoura) is open 24/7 with unrestricted access both ways.

First family to drive their camper van via the inland road to Kaikoura kayaked with us on the 6th of December 2016, link below of their story.

S.H.1 from Christchurch to Kaikoura (South) is also open!, access is two-way and during the daylight hours of 6am to 8pm.  

Vehicles travelling north from Christchurch are advised to leave the city by 5.30pm to ensure they get through to Kaikoura before the road closes at Oaro at 7.15pm. 

Please note there is no stopping or camping along the route.

Intercity Group ( Bus Service ) have reinstated their return coach service between Christchurch-Kaikoura. 

Departs Christchurch 7:00 am - Arrives Kaikoura 9:40 am

Departs Kaikoura 3:50 pm - Arrives Christchurch 6:25 pm

Please note, departure times make it possible to book a 12:30 pm "Seal Kayaking" tour on a day trip to Kaikoura.

We will drop you at the Bus Stop at 3:30 pm afterwards to connect back to Christchurch.

If travelling from Picton to Kaikoura please use the alternative Picton-Blenheim (SH63), St Arnaud-Murchison (SH6), Lewis Pass (SH65 and SH7), Hanmer Springs (SH7a) then Waiau and on to the Inland Road - Route 70.

The majority of the accommodation, restaurants, bars and shops in Kaikoura are open, its business as usual.

For accommodation options please contact the Kaikoura i-Site, or 03 3195641 or link

We would really appreciate if you don't cancel your booking, the Kaikoura community needs your support!

If you would like to contribute in some way, a long time family friend has set up a give a little page for Kaikoura Kayaks to help our family and staff survive the winter / off season and continue to paddle on through to the 2017/18 summer season.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Kia Kaha - Stay Strong!


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