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Updated 2:22PM 21 January, 2022


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On the beachfront

at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura

Encounter Kaikoura is located on the beachfront at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura, within an easy 10 minute walk from the town centre, the Kaikoura i-Site and all beachfront accommodation. 

Enjoy spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the majestic Seaward Kaikoura mountains regardless of the time of year and there is plenty of parking available on site too.

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Freephone: 0800 733 365   |   Email:

Kaikoura is located on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand 2.5 hours north of Christchurch and 2 hours south of Picton. 

Kaikoura is a beautiful coastal town and has access to some of the world’s most amazing marine life including dolphins, whales, seals and albatross.  There is an exciting range of land based activities including some of New Zealand’s most popular short walks.

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  • Directions from Picton
    2 h 40 min

    Catch the Christchurch-Picton train from Auckland Street, Picton
    2 h 30 min (9 stops)

    Walk to Dolphin Encounter at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300
    Approx. 10 mins (850m)


    BY CAR
    2 h 22 min

    Head south on State Highway 1
    2 h 20 min (156 km)

    Once in Kaikoura turn left onto W End
    1 min (500 m)

    Continue on to Dolphin Encounter at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300
    1 min (700 m)

  • Directions from Christchurch

    2 h 59 min

    Take the Picton train from Christchurch to Kaikoura
    2 h 50 min (12 stops)

    Walk to Dolphin Encounter at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300

    Approx. 9 min (850m)


    BY CAR
    2 h 34 min

    Follow SH 1 to Kaikoura township
    2 h 31 min (178 km)

    Drive to Dolphin Encounter at 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura 7300
    3 min (1.2 km)

Our beachfront café is the perfect place to savour delicious local fare

Encounter Café is set right on the waterfront and enjoys extraordinary views across the Pacific Ocean and Seaward Kaikoura Mountains.

Why would you want to dine anywhere else when you can make the most of the spectacular scenery coupled with fantastic food at our beachfront café?

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