Attractions and Activities in Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a seaside settlement situated half way between Christchurch (approximately 2 hours south of Kaikoura) and Picton. We recommend a 3 day stay in Kaikoura to take in all the activities available here. This is most important if you wish to experience one of the sea based wild life tours as the changeable weather here means cancellations can be common.

Go Whale-watching by boat or air with Whale Watch.
Swim with or observe the Dolphins on a Dolphin Encounter
Escape from the busy World at Indulge Body & Soul , Kaikoura's only multi award winning Day Spa
Take a day trip to Mt Lyford Alpine Resort, only 60 km from Kaikoura. Mt Lyford season operates June - September.
Experience Seal swimming with a land based or boat based guided seal snorkeling tour. Seal Swim Kaikoura
Take a bird watching tour to view seabirds, albratross. Mollymawks, petrels & many more Oceanwings.
Kaikoura Kayaks - you can't get closer to the wildlife of New Zealand natural coastline than a kayak in Kaikoura
Hike the stunning Kaikoura Peninsula walkway. approx a 3 hour return to visit a seal colony, limestone formations and seabird colony.
Play a game of golf or tennis (clubs & raquets are available.
Take a farm Quad bike tour: 4 Wheel Adventures.
Visit Fyffe House, a colonial whaler's cottage or the museum.
Enjoy our local rock lobster: Wining and Dining
Indulge yourself with a day trip to Hanmer Springs natural hot pools: Hanmer Springs.
Go on a fishing trip and bring home a fresh rocklobster which you can cook on the BBQ.

Or just relax in our prize-winning garden and soak in the view.


The following are a few suggestions of some of our popular visitor attractions:

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Whale Watch

Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and year round residents. Our 95% success rate means we guarantee an 80% refund if your tour does not see a whale.




Kaikoura Albatross Encounter

 Experience the sensation off getting close to the mighty albatross, one of





Kaikoura, Swim with Dolphins

 Swimming with or watching the dusky dolphins in their natural environment is something very special.





Quad Biking, Kaikoura

The opportunity to see spectacular views of the rugged Kaikoura coastline and see the seals! Ride your own 4 wheeler bike or enjoy a guided ATV tour in our 8 wheel Argo.






Swim with Seals in kaikoura

A totally unique experience seal swimming with New Zealand Fur Seals in their own spectacular environment on Kaikoura's beautiful coast!




Seal Sea Kayaking in Kaikoura

Watch Fur Seals dive and manoeuvre around and under your kayak. Paddle with them as they swim around the





Fishing Charters in Kaikoura

The waters of the clean, blue Pacific Ocean just off the coast of Kaikoura are bountiful indeed. Crayfish, (NZ Rock Lobster), Cod, Grouper, and many more species are caught here, and Kaikoura Fishing Charters specialise in guiding groups of 4 - 10 passengers on their vessel "Takapu"




"We only spent one night at Austin Heights as we were on our way to Picton to pick up the ferry. I booked the room online many months in advance and when we arrived we could not have been more delighted. Lynne was a wonderful hostess, treating us to date loaf when we arrived. The room was super and the view from the balcony was to die for. She also recommended a restaurant for our evening meal and booked us in. Breakfast was great and we enjoyed the company of Lynne and John. We spent 6 weeks tou"
Margaret, Warminster UK








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