Get up close to huge whales with a boat cruise in Kaikoura.
Whale watching, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

Kaikoura's playful dolphins putting on a show.
Dolphins, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

New Zealand fur seal colonies dot the Kaikoura coastline.
Kaikoura, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

Pack a picnic lunch and soak up the mountains to sea views in Kaikoura.
Coastal picnic, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

Nin's Bin just north of Kaikoura sells delicious, fresh crayfish cooked in garlic butter.
Nin's Bin crayfish, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

In Maori, 'Kai' means food and 'koura' means crayfish - so tuck in!
Feast on crayfish, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Sara Orme

Be enchanted by Kaikoura's sweeping mountain and coastal vista.
Kaikoura's views, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Canterbury Tourism

Kaikoura is where the mountains meet the sea in a spectacular fashion.
Kaikoura sunrise, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Fraser Clements

Sperm Whales, Humpback Whales, Orca and a variety of dolphins live off the coast of Kaikoura.
Kaikoura marine life, Christchurch - Canterbury

By Chris McLennan


The picturesque coastal town of Kaikoura is the perfect place for marine life encounters, coastal walks, and tucking into a plate of crayfish.

Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – it’s also a great place to eat crayfish (in the Maori language 'kai' means food, 'koura' means crayfish). An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikoura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way to Marlborough.

Kaikoura's environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape. Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore.

Must-do activities in Kaikoura:

Functional facts: Approximate population 3600, i-SITE Visitor Centre, train station.

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A1 Kaikoura Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
5.00 165 Reviews
Located in park-like setting, an easy 200-800m walk from town centre, local restaurants, bus station and Whale Watch booking office. Kaikoura's largest range of accommodation with studio units; 1&2brm self-contained family units; 3brm family apartment, sleeps 7-10; all units self-contained... (more)
Admiral Court Motel Kaikoura - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.90 136 Reviews
Admiral Court Motel Kaikoura is a 5-minute drive from Kaikoura Train Station, and a free 2-way transfer is available with a prior arrangement. A 2-minute walk from Kaikoura Beach, this property offers free parking on site and free Wi-Fi access. Heated guest rooms are fitted with ironing... (more)
Alpine View Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
7.90 131 Reviews
Featuring direct beach access and 40MB of free Wi-Fi usage per day, Alpine View Motel is only 1 km from Kaikoura Train Station. Free return transfers to the train station are provided by prior arrangement. Heated guest rooms are fitted with ironing equipment and satellite television. Ea... (more)
Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.30 268 Reviews
Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park offers Qualmark 4-star plus Holiday Park and Qualmark Enviro Silver rated accommodation. It is a peaceful holiday park situated in a quiet country setting with panoramic views of the Kaikoura Ranges. Accommodation options include level motorhome sites and cam... (more)
Anchor Inn Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.20 208 Reviews
Award-winning motel, superbly located on the waterfront, close to the township and opposite children's playground and swimming pool. 15 spacious & well appointed units providing a choice of Executive, Luxury and Standard studios as well as 1 and 2-bedroom family apartments. All rooms are f... (more)
Aspen Court Motel Kaikoura - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.70 598 Reviews
Just 3 minute drive from the center of Kaikoura, Aspen Court offers views of the Kaikoura Ranges and modern bathrooms with underfloor heating. Free Wi-Fi and free parking are included. All studios open out to a balcony or courtyard with mountain views. Each also features a private bathr... (more)
Beachcomber Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
5.70 89 Reviews
Beachcomber Motel offers self-contained accommodations in Kaikoura, conveniently situated on the main highway and a 20-minute walk from the center of town. Free undercover parking is included. The quiet, spacious studios at Beachcomber Kaikoura feature cooking facilities, satellite TVs ... (more)
Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.90 256 Reviews
Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura is located on a hill, offering stunning views of Kaikoura and the mountains. The center of town, with many restaurants and activities such as Whale watching and fishing expeditions, is a 5 minute walk away. The modern rooms at Bella Vista are self-contained, h... (more)
Blue Seas Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.70 119 Reviews
Blue Seas Motels Kaikoura is in a seafront location and has 13 rooms available for guests. The room options are 9 studios, 2x1brm and 2x2brm units. Kaikoura is a seaside town surrounded by the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains. It is known for its wealth of marine life especially whales, dolph... (more)
Clearwater Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
6.90 11 Reviews
Located opposite the waterfront in Kaikoura, this motel offers fully self-contained accommodation with digital TV, cooking facilities and 50MB of free Wi-Fi per day. Some units feature views of the ocean and mountains.Clearwater Motel is a 15-minute walk from Kaikoura town centre and a 5-m... (more)
Comfort Inn Mediterranean Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.00 169 Reviews
Facing towards the magnificent Kaikoura mountains our modern 4-star complex is an ideal stopover for a Kaikoura experience. FlyBuys - Free Wi-Fi. Facing towards the magnificent Kaikoura mountains our modern 4-star complex is the ideal stopover for your Kaikoura experience. First motel on t... (more)
Dolphin Lodge - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.30 177 Reviews
Just 2 minutes' walk from Kaikoura town centre, Dolphin Lodge features views of the coastline and the mountain ranges. Guests enjoy free on-site parking and free use of the outdoor hot tub.Guests can choose to stay in a dormitory room or in the comfort of a private room. Each room includes... (more)
First Light Kaikoura - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.50 176 Reviews
Kaikoura Peninsula, Kaikoura
Offering free WiFi, First Light Kaikoura is within a 6-minute drive of Kaikoura Train Station and Encounter Kaikoura. The property can arrange private fishing trips and whale spotting flights. All apartments feature a kitchenette.The apartments are equipped with air conditioning, a DVD pla... (more)
Fyffe Country Lodge - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.40 84 Reviews
Fyffe Country Lodge is a Luxury lodge in Kaikoura in North Canterbury.The lodge is located in a country setting with stunning views of the Southern Alps. Guests can choose from superior rooms, Aston Room and Mt Fyffe Suite. The award winning restaurant 'The Fyffe' is located inhouse and sp... (more)
Heritage Court Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
Our motel is located at the north end of Kaikoura. We have 4 studio units and 5 two bedrooms. All units are on ground floor with SKY TV, mountain view, free unlimited wifi and free parking. There is children's playing area and BBQ area.... (more)
Heritage Court Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
7.00 186 Reviews
Located in Kaikoura, Heritage Court Motor Lodge offers affordable accommodation with free Wi-Fi, mountain views and a well-equipped kitchen. Kaikoura Station is 2 km away.Heritage Court offers spacious studios and apartments. Each unit is on the ground floor and is equipped with cable TV a... (more)
Kaikoura Boutique Hotel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.90 277 Reviews
Kaikoura Boutique Hotel is housed in a historic 1880s building, just 10 minutes' walk from Kaikoura Town. All rooms are situated behind the historic hotel and offer free Wi-Fi and views of the courtyard. Free parking is provided on site.Each room features a refrigerator, a 32-inch flat-scr... (more)
Kaikoura Coastal Campgrounds - Accommodation in Goose Bay New Zealand
Goose Bay
Drive 15 minutes south of Kaikoura and find the BEST Coastal Camping Kaikoura has to offer. Come and take your pick from the four scenic campsites on our beautiful and untouched coast. Goose Bay Campground, real coastal camping on the scenic Kaikoura Coast. Goose Bay campground is locat... (more)
Kaikoura Cottage Motels - Accommodation in Kaikoura Flat New Zealand
9.20 213 Reviews
Kaikoura Flat
Kaikoura Cottage Motels is located in a rural setting at the northern end of Kaikoura Township with views of the Kaikoura Mountains. It has 8 self-contained 2-room cottages available to let for guests.Kaikoura is a seaside town surrounded by the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains. It is known for ... (more)
Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.20 405 Reviews
Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge features, free WiFi, free off-street parking, a large solar-heated outdoor pool, sauna and conference centre.The lodge is just 500 metres from the town centre and 800 metres from Whale Watch Kaikoura and Dolphin Encounter.Decorated in calming neutral shades, th... (more)
Kaikoura Peketa Beach Holiday Park - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.50 22 Reviews
With spring in the air, campers are starting to flow in enjoying breathtaking mountain views and to have the beach right at your doorstep; Peketa is the place to stay! Wake to a magnificent sunrise stretching over the only beachfront holiday park in Kaikoura, set for a new day of adventure... (more)
Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.70 313 Reviews
Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park is an award-winning 5-star Holiday Park centrally located 300m to town centre and whale watch with views of the Kaikoura mountain range.It is a Qualmark 5-star Holiday Park set among mature native trees on 5 acres of park-like grounds. Full range of modern acco... (more)
Kaikoura Waterfront Apartments - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.70 259 Reviews
Kaikoura Waterfront Apartments offer oceanfront apartment accommodation in Kaikoura. Accommodation comprises of 16 fully self-contained luxury 1&2 bedroom apartments, sleep 2-6; studio unit, sleeps 2; family and access apartments that are serviced daily and designated non-smoking.All apart... (more)
Koura Bay Lodge - Accommodation in Hapuku New Zealand
9.30 7 Reviews
Offering free Wi-Fi, a restaurant and an on-site walking trail, Koura Bay Lodge is a 13-minute drive from central Kaikoura and Kaikoura Train Station. It offers free unlimited on-site golf on the 9-hole golf course. All guest rooms enjoy views of the golf course and Kaikoura coast line.... (more)
Lobster Inn Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.00 234 Reviews
Featuring a solar-heated seasonal swimming pool, on-site restaurant and lounge bar, Lobster Inn Motor Lodge offers a range of self-contained accommodation within 1 km of Kaikoura’s cafes and restaurants.Located next door to a large supermarket, Lobster Inn Motor Lodge Kaikoura is a 3-minut... (more)
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  • Emporium Brewing, Kaikoura, Canterbury
    Sat 2 Mar 2019 12:00PM / Festivals
    It's back for it's 3rd year, Kaikoura's very own craft beer festival. This is a great little festival, purposely small with only 5 breweries to keep it a chilled and relaxed afternoon with a focus on great craft beer ... more
  • South Pacific Helicopters, Kaikoura, Canterbury
    Sat 26 May 2018 2:00PM / Aviation
    This is South Pacific Helicopters NZ's exclusive flight that showcases natures force, the geological and environmental changes to Kaikoura coastal areas, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure. South Pacific ... more
  • Slam Club, Kaikoura, Canterbury
    Wed 13 Mar 2019 8:00PM / Comedy
    Christchurch based comedy goons and touring comedians Simon Kingsley Holmes and Dan Brader bring their unique brand of comedy to Kaikoura for one night only! Comedy veterans of various festivals and tours all over NZ ... more
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