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Incredible Vistas

and a stunning marine environment


About Kaikōura

Kaikōura is a small coastal village that has an incredible vista; a large mountain range (the Seaward Kaikōuras) provides a dramatic backdrop to the town centre located on the east side of a small peninsula extending out into the Pacific Ocean. This stunning view alone captivates those who visit Kaikōura.

Kaikōura is located on the east coast of the South Island between Christchurch and Picton. Christchurch, 180km (2.5 hours drive) to the south of Kaikōura has an international airport and Picton, 160km (2 hours drive) to the north, is the entry point for travellers coming to the South Island by ferry from Wellington in the North Island. The Tranz Coastal train is a beautiful way to travel from Picton to Christchurch and stops in Kaikoura twice daily.


Kaikōura is privileged with natural attractions revolving around the ocean and mountains

Encounter Kaikoura operates two boat based tours; Dolphin Encounter and Albatross Encounter.

The viewing of marine life, namely whales, dolphins, seals and birds is the main reason visitors come to Kaikōura, but there are many other attractions such as walks, fishing, scuba diving, 4 wheel adventures, Maori Tours and much more. For more information on some of Kaikōura's leading attractions visit the Kaikōura Information Centre website at the link below which has a comprehensive list of activities and information useful to those visiting Kaikoura.

Visit Kaikōura

Kaikōura has a large selection of eating places

From restaurants to fish and chip and fast food outlets, you're sure to find something to tempt your tastebuds.

Crayfish (rock lobster) caught locally in the waters around Kaikōura, is a delicacy and a favourite dish in most restaurants. The Encounter Kaikoura complex has its own licensed café facility for visitors and specialises in breakfasts, lunches and casual dining. For more information on our wonderful coffee and delicious menu, click the link below.

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Kaikōura is well served with places to stay, from Motor Inn to Backpacker accommodation.