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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The White Morph - Heritage Collection Visit website

Waterfront accommodation with views out to the distant horizon, from our Premium Studios. View to the Garden for our Garden Studio and Family Apartments Set . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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Donegal House Visit website

Donegal House, "The Little Irish Hotel In The Country" VOTED THE BEST IRISH HOTEL 2015/16/17. You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the atmosphere . . . 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 . . . 

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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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 . . . 

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Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

This award-winning holiday park is the ideal spot from which to plan your adventures. Centrally located just 300m from the town centre. . . . 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 . . . 

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Kaikoura Cottage Motels Visit website

Located in the picturesque seaside town of Kaikoura, with spectacular mountain views, Kaikoura Cottage Motels are 2.5 km from the town centre and Kaikoura Whale . . . 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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Bella Vista Motel Kaikoura Visit website

The Bella Vista Kaikoura offers friendly helpful service and FREE WIFI. We take pride in ensuring you have an enjoyable stay in Kaikoura at the . . . More . . . 

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Donegal House Motorhome Park Visit website

Donegal House, "The Little Irish Hotel In The Country" VOTED THE BEST IRISH HOTEL 2012/13/14.You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the atmosphere and . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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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