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

By Sara Orme

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

By Sara Orme

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

By Sara Orme

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

By Sara Orme

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

By Sara Orme

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

By Sara Orme

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

By Canterbury Tourism

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

By Fraser Clements

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

By Chris McLennan

Kaikoura

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.

Content courtesy of Tourism NZ

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A1 Kaikoura Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
5.00 165 Reviews
Kaikoura
0800605999
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
Kaikoura
0800555525
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
Kaikoura
0800506020
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
Kaikoura
0800692322
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
Kaikoura
0800720033
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)
Ardara Lodge B&B - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.70 30 Reviews
Kaikoura
0800226164
Located on a 2-acre property surrounded with farmland, Ardara Lodge B&B enjoys the alpine views. The non-smoking property features an outdoor hot tub with stunning views over the mountains. Free continental breakfast and free Wi-Fi are provided. Ardara Lodge B&B is an 8-minute drive fro... (more)
Aspen Court Motel Kaikoura - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.70 598 Reviews
Kaikoura
0800835245
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)
Austin Heights Quality Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.30 92 Reviews
Kaikoura
0800080324
Look out towards the majestic mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean coastline from the peaceful Kaikoura peninsula, where you will find this modern apartment-style hotel in beautiful natural surroundings. The Austin Heights boasts panoramic views of the mountains and nearby beach. This ... (more)
Beachcomber Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
5.70 89 Reviews
Kaikoura
033195623
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
Kaikoura
0800235528
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)
Bendamere House Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.60 123 Reviews
Kaikoura
0800107770
Featuring free Wi-Fi and included breakfast Bendamere House B&B offers views of the Kaikoura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV and guests enjoy free home-baked shortbread. Set on half an acre of rose gardens and manicured lawns, Bendamere House Bed... (more)
Blue Heron Bungalows - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.80 24 Reviews
Kaikoura
033196861
2 Self catering holiday homes. Each with two bedrooms, complete kitchen and lounge, 1.5 bath + laundry facilities, private porch, comfortably furnished with all linens provided.Free WiFi in both units. Close to town amenities (10 minute walk) and 1 minute walk to sea, public pool and... (more)
Blue Seas Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.70 119 Reviews
Kaikoura
0800507077
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)
Brook House B&B - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.80 182 Reviews
Kaikoura
0800115201
Brook House B&B offers free continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi and free parking. Just 2 km from Kaikoura town centre, the property has a communal lounge, a dining area and shared kitchen facilities. The property is pet friendly and allows animals guests on request. It offers a shared lau... (more)
Clearwater Motel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
6.90 11 Reviews
Kaikoura
033195326
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
Kaikoura
0800319677
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
Kaikoura
033195842
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)
Donegal House - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.00 84 Reviews
Canterbury, Kaikoura
0800346873
Donegal House is an Irish Hotel located in Kaikoura in the Canterbury Region. It is set in 6 acres of tranquil gardens and lawns and 3 spring fed lakes.It has 29 private ensuite rooms with views of Mt Fyffe and the hotel's lakes. A traditional Irish breakfast is provided every morning. The... (more)
First Light Kaikoura - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.50 176 Reviews
Kaikoura Peninsula, Kaikoura
033193299
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
Kaikoura
033196869
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)
Hapuku Carriages - Accommodation in Hapuku New Zealand
Hapuku
033196963
Only 2 minutes' walk from the beach, Hapuku Carriages offers unique accommodation in a restored railway carriage. Guests enjoy access to free WiFi and free BBQ facilities.The railway carriage has a patio with mountain views. It has flat-screen satellite TV, DVD and CD player. Also on offer... (more)
Heritage Court Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
Kaikoura
0800743537
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
Kaikoura
0800743537
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)
Inn the Bay Bed & Breakfast - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
9.50 145 Reviews
Kaikoura
033197553
Offering free Wi-Fi and free parking, Inn the Bay Bed & Breakfast is a 10-minute walk from Kaikoura's town centre. It features splendid mountain and ocean views from the guest lounge and balcony. Guests enjoy included continental breakfast daily.The low-level guest rooms include heating an... (more)
Kaikoura Boutique Hotel - Accommodation in Kaikoura New Zealand
8.90 277 Reviews
Kaikoura
033195748
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)
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