From snow-capped mountains to rolling green sea, the small town of Kaikoura is a wonderland of jaw-dropping scenic beauty and special New Zealand wildlife experiences.

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 Dolphin under water, Kaikoura  © Kaikoura Information & Tourism



 Kaikoura accommodation options include backpacker hostels, motor inns, hotels and cosy sea view bed & breakfasts.

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Kaikoura is famous for its marine life, with whale and dolphin watching through to fishing and surfing. There are also plenty of other activities available.

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About Kaikoura

Marine activities are the backbone of this seaside town, with everything from dolphin and whale watching to fishing and surfing. Walking tracks, vineyards, horse treks, scenic flights & Maori cultural tours are also available. And of course, you've got to try a crayfish!

Marine activities are the backbone of this seaside town, with everything from dolphin and whale watching, to swimming with seals, kayaking, snorkelling and surfing available for visitors. A rare and complex marine system creates a rich habitat for marine life, including whales, seals, dolphins and pelagic seabirds. The town's history lies in whaling (not the watching variety!) and relics of this past can be found around the township.

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How do you get to Kaikoura?

  • Travel by Plane
    • A small airport at Kaikoura offers scenic and charter flights, but there are no domestic passenger air services from Kaikoura.
  • Travel by Train
    • Kaikoura is the mid-way point of the popular Pacific Coastal rail journey, which travels from Christchurch-Picton and back daily.
  • Travel by Bus
    • A local shuttle transports passengers around the Kaikoura region. In addition, a number of national bus and shuttle companies and backpacker buses include Kaikoura in their route schedule between Christchurch, Picton, Blenheim and Hanmer Springs.
  • Rent a Vehicle
    • There are no rental car options in Kaikoura. Located between two of the South Island's busiest arrival hubs (Picton and Christchurch) most people arrange their transport to Kaikoura in either of these destinations.