Explore the spectacular coastline with its backdrop of towering mountains, breathe in the clear air and enjoy! Kaikoura is located on the east coast of the South Island. It’s a comfortable 2.5 hour drive from Christchurch and only 2 hours from Picton or a spectacular train trip on the Coastal Pacific.
Kaikoura’s coastal waters are home to an amazing array of marine mammals and birdlife. Perhaps the most famous residents are the mighty sperm whales who share this part of the Pacific Ocean with dusky dolphins, fur seals and albatross. Get up close to the whales, dolphins, seals and sea birds on a boat, in a plane, a helicopter, a kayak or in a wetsuit! Don’t forget to pack the fishing rods and surf boards.
Kaikoura is an inspiring location for fantastic array of land based activities. Take an off-road adventure, a ride on the luge, go horse-trekking, mountain biking or take a guide for some rafting. There are many self-guided walks and also guided multi-day hikes covering areas of native bush as well as coastal and alpine terrain. The Peninsula walkway is an easily accessible stunning circular walk with information panels to guide and inform walkers. Discover Kaikoura’s history and culture with a Maori cultural tour.
Kaikoura offers a tempting selection of wining and dining venues. It is the ideal place for sampling fish and seafood, especially the local speciality - crayfish. Many of the restaurants and cafes enjoy spectacular ocean and mountain views.
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