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 and is the guaranteed way to reach Kaikoura.

To access this route take the Leader Road (Alpine Pacific Triangle) just after Parnassus south of Cheviot.

Travel time is approximately 3 hours but delays can occur due to road works increasing the travel time. 

Average journey times from Christchurch to Kaikoura on the Inland Route 70 are three to three and a half hours.”

S.H.1 from Christchurch to Kaikoura (South) is open but can be subject to closures after heavy rain -  access is two-way and during the daylight hours of 7am to 6pm.  

Vehicles travelling north from Christchurch are advised to leave the city by 3:30pm to ensure they get through to Kaikoura before the road closes at Oaro at 5:15pm. 

Please note S.H.1 may close at short notice when it rains or in bad weather and is advisable to check this website for road closures.

Travel time is approximately 2.5- 3 hours but delays can occur due to road works, please take this into consideration.

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 traveling 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 your booking with us, 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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