Welcome to Kaikoura, New Zealand
Welcome to Kaikoura where the mountains merge with the coastline and the marine life outnumbers the humans!
Kaikoura is a small seaside village rich in history, culture and marine activities. The dramatic mountain views and the vibrant energy of the seashore has made Kaikoura a 'must visit' place while you're holidaying in New Zealand.
This special location is famous for a wide range of natural attractions with right up-close sightings of unique marine life including whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds that live on the coastline all year round.
The Kaikoura township is located on the East coast of the South Island, just:
- 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch (gateway to the South)
- 5.5 hours from Blenheim
- 6 hours from Picton (landing and departure point for the Cook Strait ferries)
Kaikoura is the perfect midway stop between these main centres!
Kaikoura Kayaks is within walking distance from the township where you can explore the boutique shops.
And Coastal Sports is a perfect place to start.
Kaikoura (in the Maori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish) has a large selection of eating places, and of course the local speciality is crayfish (similar to lobster).
You can also try catching your own local fresh fish or crayfish with Kaikoura Fishing Tours - or on one of our fishing kayak trips.
There are many activities to choose from while staying in Kaikoura, so make sure to call into the i-Site Visitor Centre to assist you with your bookings.
Take a step back into Kaikoura's past and whaling history with a visit to Fyffe house, a colonial whalers cottage that was established in 1842.
If you enjoy walking, the rugged breathtaking Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is a perfect three hour-return hike with outstanding views of the coastline and township.
Be on the lookout for seals, limestone formations and seabird colonies. The world's largest seabird, the Albatross, is often seen soaring and searching for its next meal of squid.
Our nationally endangered Hutton Shearwater (pakaha) also resides here on the cliff tops.
You can even leave a memento of your visit by making a positive contribution to our environment and supporting trees for travelers.
Kaikoura’s aquatic paradise provides a close up glimpse of nature at its finest.
We know your time here will leave an impression that lasts a lifetime!