Kaikōura: where crayfish and mountains meet

There is a magical place in New Zealand where the mountains literally meet the sea – as if a fairytale...


Overlooking the Kaikōura Peninsula from the sky. © Liz Carlson

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Whale Watch Kaikoura Visit website

AA Members have free access to the Kiwi Whale Watchers Club - By joining the Kiwi Whale Watchers Club, between the special period, 1st May . . . More . . . 

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Food and drink

Eat crayfish in Kaikōura: dine al fresco on this hallmark cuisine

In Māori, kai means food and kōura means crayfish. Right. The water off this cool coast is wild with sealife, including that New Zealand delicacy: crayfish. Read the story . . . 

Seal Swim Kaikoura Visit website

Swimming with wild New Zealand fur seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula truly is a unique experience. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench off the coast of Kaikōura is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including orca, blue and humpback whales.  Read the story . . . 

South Pacific Whale Watch Visit website

Exclusive landing sites only available to South Pacific Whale Watch WHALE WATCH EXPERIENCES Come and fly with South Pacific Whale Watch; a unique perspective soaring . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy sensational clifftop views of the sea and mountains from this unique walking track. Read the story . . . 

Glenstrae Farm 4 Wheeler Adventures Visit website

For an unforgettable family experience you can't go past, Glenstrae Farm 4 Wheeler Adventures. You will be guided over this 1600-acre, third-generation working farm, with . . . More . . . 

Encounter Kaikoura Visit website

DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER - There are many reasons for you to visit Kaikoura but the main one has to be to experience the Dolphin Encounter tour. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Alpine Pacific Triangle: Christchurch to Kaikōura (and back again)

The Alpine Pacific Triangle takes you from Christchurch to Kaikōura, to Hanmer Springs and back again. Enjoy whale watching, hot pools and wineries. Read the story . . . 

Lavendyl Lavender & Dylans Country Cottages Visit website

Stroll in our beautifully landscaped gardens full of lavender, natives and more. Browse our collection of natural lavender products in the shop and gallery. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Kaikōura: where crayfish and mountains meet

Kaikōura is a magical place where the mountains literally meet the sea – it’s as if a fairytale land has been imagined into real life. Read the story . . . 

Kaikoura Helicopters - Whale Watching Visit website

Kaikoura Helicopters is the only true way to experience Kaikoura's many natural wonders. Whether it is whale watching or one our spectacular alpine flights, you . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Coastal Kaikōura: magnificent marine life

Dozens of whale species are represented in these waters: most about as close to whale-watching tourists as they can get without actually hitting the beach. Read the story . . . 

Wings Over Whales Visit website

View the whales from tip to tail from our high-winged aeroplanes! SPECTACULAR WHALE WATCHING FLIGHTS While you are in New Zealand, head for Kaikoura and . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

Hikurangi Marine Reserve

Visiting this reserve is an unparalleled opportunity to see whale, dolphin and seabird species, often in large numbers. Read the story . . . 

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