Kaikoura Attractions, Activities and Adventures
Kaikoura Whale Watching
Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world for watching whales, due to their close proximity to the shore and the fact that they can be seen all year round. Whale watching can be done by boat, helicopter or plane.
Dolphin Swimming in Kaikoura
Dolphin swimming trips allow you to see and interact with the playful wild Dusky Dolphins. These dolphins will amaze you as you observe them in the natural state of their own environment around the Kaikoura peninsula.
Fishing in Kaikoura
Kaikoura offers a host of Fishing Charters. Most of the skippers have lived in Kaikoura for most of their lives and would love to share years of fishing knowledge with you. You will enjoy excellent deep sea fishing where blue cod, sea perch, grouper and many other species are caught.
A trip to the famous Kaikoura Lookout at the top of the peninsula is a must for any visitor. From the lookout, visitors to the area have expansive views of the Kaikoura ranges flowing down into the sea.
The Kaikoura seal colony is a favourite of all tourists that come to Kaikoura and is only a short drive from the main town centre. Take your camera as there are many opportunities to take pictures as the seals bask and relax on the rocks.
Visit Lavendyl to experience our extensive Lavender and flower gardens. During the months of January through to the beginning of February, when the flowers are at their peak for oil production the distilling process can be observed on site. Lavendyl has an onsite gift shop where a range of lavender essential oils and other Lavender products can be purchased.
Kaikoura's crayfish is still a local delicacy and is always available from one of the many restaurants or beach-side caravans located in the Kaikoura District.
Fyffe House was built in 1860 and was one of the first European buildings built in Kaikoura. Fyffe House still stands on its whale bone piles!
A wealth of information on subjects ranging from early Maori settlement to recent events. Displays are varied and interesting with items such as the wheel house off the wrecked "S.S.Taiaroa", an old jail house, Maori artefacts and whaling relics.
Kaikoura boasts a large variety of bird life with some species like the Hutton's shearwater that have colonies that can only be found in Kaikoura. Bird life can be viewed and heard during a casual walk along the shore or in the surrounding countryside.
Seal Swimming Kaikoura
Experience the thrill and excitement of snorkelling or Scuba Diving with the inquisitive and playful NZ Fur Seals.
Visit Pa sites (fortified villages) of pre-European days and hear how they were settled by the Maori people's ancestors - often in battle. Be guided into one of the indigenous forest walkways to learn about the trees and plants and how they were used as food and medicine.
4 Wheel drive Tours
A 3-4 hour exhilarating off-road experience! You will be taken on a safari back into the wild rivers, bush clad valleys and rugged mountains of Kaikoura. 2-16 people per trip.
Kaikoura Golf Course
Kaikoura's Kowhai Links golf course is nestled between the magnificent vista of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains and the ocean waters of the Pacific Ocean. Located within five minutes drive of the Kaikoura township on State Highway 1, this wonderful 18-hole golf course offers something for every golfer, whether you are a beginner or low handicapper. A round of golf, while you take in the marvellous views and walk the irrigated fairways of the Kaikoura Links Golf Course is the ultimate way to wind down after an exciting day of marine mammal adventures.
Kaikoura is home to numerous talented artists - many of whom have their gallery open to the public.
Art and Design Gallery, 129 Scarborough Street, Kaikoura. Brigitte and Walter create a wide range of artworks from paintings and sculptures to their famous 'Kaikoura mirrors' and much more. Visit their gallery for a unique and creative experience that is a 'must see' while in the Kaikoura region.