Things to do in Kaikoura

The Kaikoura district is a coastal settlement of about 3,200 residents located halfway between Picton at the top of the South Island, and Christchurch. The unique topography of this region, provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for experiencing nature in all its glory.

The Kaikoura district is a coastal settlement of about 3,200 residents located halfway between Picton at the top of the South Island, and Christchurch. The unique topography of this region, provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for experiencing nature in all its glory.

Famous for its whale watching, Kaikoura offers much more and you could spend many busy days in this delightful area: whale watch, swim with seals and dolphins, bird watch, hike in the hills or on the stunning Kaikoura Peninsula, kayak, surf, dive – and you can’t leave town without trying one of the area’s famous ‘koura’ or crayfish – bought from a roadside stall or served with flair at one of the town’s restaurants.

great fishing grounds

Kaikoura is renowned for its great fishing grounds, which anyone can enjoy by boat with a local fishing guide. Experience some of the best reef diving in the country, or kayaking around the ruggedly beautiful Peninsula.

Land-based activities

Land-based activities range from farm visits, four-wheel motor biking, horse trekking and hunting, to stargazing, golf, wine tasting or experiencing Maori hospitality.

Kaikoura area

For those who enjoy walking, the Kaikoura area offers walks for all tastes and levels of fitness, ranging from thirty minutes to half and full day tracks and more energetic tramps and climbs in the surrounding Kaikoura ranges.

We are very happy to help

We are very happy to help you choose and organize the activities you would like to participate in. We can make bookings on your behalf and if necessary, arrange suitable transport to the venue for you. Please ask us – and we will do our best to help you get the most out of our beautiful region.