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Tuti restaurant was very good. Great coffee and friendly town.
Ros L. 29 Apr 2015

Captivating Kaikoura

With a mighty snow-capped mountainside as a backdrop, plus gorgeous turquoise waters in the foreground, it’s hard to not be impressed at all the natural beauty surrounding you in Kaikoura. Just 180km (112mi) north of Christchurch, Kaikoura is a small town that punches way above its weight as the whale-watching capital of the world.

So step onboard a ship and keep an eye out for the gentle giants of the seas (not to mention the dolphins) as you learn about the world of whales on Whale Watch Kaikoura. Back on land, if you love beach views but hate the salty water – never fear! Take a dip in the Esplanade Poolby the waterfront, or just kick back with a beer and soak up the knockabout atmosphere down at the Strawberry Treepub.


10. Dive Kaikoura Kaikoura is blessed with very interesting coastal rock formations and an abundant marine life, making it the perfect place to try your hand (or lungs) at diving.

5. Fyffe View Ranch Adventure Park Adventure here ranges from flying down the mountainside on a luge to taking in the sunset on horseback.

9. Point Sheep Shearing Show What is a trip to NZ without some kind of sheep encounter. Save up your best jokes!

4. Kaikoura Winery The beautiful views around the vineyard are the perfect complement to a lovely glass of local bubbly.

8. Maori Leap Cave Only discovered 50 years ago, this sea-formed limestone cave is well worth an exploration.

3. Mayfair Theatre Take the afternoon off to watch a movie inside this intriguing seafront pink liquorice allsorts of a building.

7. Albatross Encounters Budding bird-watchers will delight at the chance to get up close and personal with these elusive seabirds.

2. Dolphin Encounter If watching dolphins just ain’t cutting it, jump in and rub shoulders with pods of these clever beauties.

6. Kaikoura District Museum Chock-full of local history, including the region’s whaling past and the old town gaol.

1. Fyffe House Originally built from the vertebrae of whales, this cosy cottage is the oldest surviving building in Kaikoura.


Rug up on shore and be thankful you aren’t in the water at the Coldwater Classic Surf Competition on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June.

Check out some eco-friendly recycled artworks at the annual Eco Art Kaikoura, also in June.

For a snapshot of town, make sure you’re around in July for the 48 Hours in Kaikoura photo competition.

Beat the winter blues and pull your socks up for the Kaikoura Whale Run each year in September.

Celebrate the abundance of the ocean (not to mention the local wine regions) at Kaikoura’s premier event, the yearly Seafest in October.


· The seasons in Kaikoura are similar to Oz, just a bit colder!

· Winter usually hovers under 10ºC (50ºF), so pack plenty of layers.

· Summer, on the other hand, is mild and relatively dry – perfect dive weather!


· There is a local bus service that will get you around Kaikoura and surrounds for next to nothing.

· Kaikoura itself is small, and a great way to see the sights is to rent a bike and pedal your way around town – and as far afield as your legs will carry you!

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Hotels in Kaikoura

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From US$96

1 The White Morph - Heritage Boutique Collection

5 stars
4.5 / 5 4 reviews

92-94 The Esplanade Map

Waterfront accommodation in Kaikoura, New Zealand. Welcome to your Kaikoura Hotel accommodation. The White Morph offers some of the best accommodation in Kaikoura. Our accommodation has a style to... More

Couple escape
Hotel was all we wanted with an outlook over the ocean. Went to go Whale watching but the weather was against us but the experience of seals along the beaches noth and south of the town was worth...
30 Apr 2015
From US$105

2 Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 7 reviews

146 Esplanade Map

The epitome of style, Kaikoura Boutique Hotel is a haven of luxury accommodation. An historic waterfront boutique hotel with stunning interiors and exclusive service awaits you. Stay in designer... More

The photos show the old hotel with water views. The reality is a tiny self contained cabin behind the hotel. It is like you are in a 1960 style motel, not a hotel of any vintage. They need to be...
2 Dec 2014

3 Admiral Creighton

4 stars
5.0 / 5 3 reviews

191 Beach Road Map

The Admiral Creighton B and B Kaikoura is an oasis of comfort offering chivalrous hospitality and luxurious accommodation for a pleasurable retreat. GeneralYou can relax in the comfort of the... More

From US$94

4 Quality Suites Kaikoura

2 stars
4.5 / 5 14 reviews

154 Beach Road, SH1 Map

Providing comfortable accommodations, top-notch facilities and warm hospitality, Aspen Court Motel Kaikoura makes for a perfect base for a relaxing holiday in South Island of New Zealand. This... More

5 Beachcomber Motel

2 stars
1.5 / 5 2 reviews

169 Beach Road Map

Beachcomber Motel Kaikoura offers comfortable accommodation and friendly services. This accommodation is ideal for business as well as leisure travellers for experiencing joyful holidays,... More

Take note of others comments
I booked this motel at the last minute and it was the only one with rooms available on Ratestogo. There was one bad review there but as I was in a hurry I ignored it - bad move! My 10 year old...
19 Jan 2015
From US$63

6 Mediterranean Motel Kaikoura

3 stars
4.1 / 5 11 reviews

239 Beach Road Map


Offering an utmost comfort, convenience and quality service, this property makes you to feel at home. GeneralDuring leisure, you can indulge in the various activities available in the area such as... More

From US$176

7 Manakau Lodge

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

198B Parsons Road Map

Situated in beautiful mountain surroundings amongst groves of manuka trees, and enjoying panoramic views towards the blue waters of the South Pacific, Manakau Lodge is a luxury rural retreat,... More

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