Kaikoura is where the mountains meet the sea and is described by many as ‘magic’ with so many first class visitor attractions and activities all in one spot! Scenic flights, whale watching, skiing, ocean diving, Maori culture and much, much more.
Described as a ‘truly special setting, with snow-capped mountains rising almost straight from the Pacific ocean’, a visit to the South Island is not complete until you have seen Kaikoura.
Deep canyons run beneath the ocean, providing the perfect habitat for an exciting array of marine life including the Giant Sperm whale. Whales live here all year round, which is why Kaikoura is considered one of the best places in the world for whale watching.
Maori culture is very strong within the area with a rich history that goes back more than 900 years!
Located approximately midway between Christchurch International Airport and the Picton ferry terminal, Kaikoura is a small seaside town with big attractions on and off the land.
The chance to view and interact with whales, dolphins, seals and numerous other species is the main reason visitors flock to the area. The area is also popular with scuba divers. Visitors can try their hand at fishing or kayaking around the beautiful rugged Peninsula.
Land lovers have plenty to see and do as well. Popular activities include limestone cave tours, wine tastings, walks, golf, Maori tours and 4 wheel motor biking.
In Kaikoura you don’t need to stay bound to the ocean or land, why not experience whale watching from the sky? Scenic flights for whale watching or sweeping around the majestic Kaikoura mountains is also available.
The town itself has a good selection of restaurants and cafes catering to seafood lovers. Enjoy browsing the extensive arts and crafts shops or pick up a couple of local souvenirs.
An extensive selection of accommodation is also available in the area, including boutique Bed & Breakfast lodges, motels, luxury lodgings, backpacker hostels, farmstays and self contained apartments.