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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Blue Seas Motels Visit website

Seafront location. Come and stay with us on the beach front and enjoy our comfortable, spacious units set in a peaceful location. . . . 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 . . . 

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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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Kaikoura Peketa Beach Holiday Park Visit website

Kaikoura's only Beachfront Holiday Park The Team at Kaikoura Peketa Beach welcomes you to our Holiday Park and we hope to make your stay a . . . 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 . . . 

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A1 Kaikoura Motels & Holiday Park Visit website

Closest motel to town centre. Easy walk to restaurant, bars, shops and Whale Watch booking centre.Studio, 1 and 2-bedroom self-contained family units. . . . 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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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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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 . . . 

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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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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Kaikoura Kayaks Visit website

Voted "TOP CHOICE" Lonely Planet! Watch seals dive and manoeuvre around and under your kayak. Paddle with them as they swim around the coastline hunting . . . More . . . 

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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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Anchor Inn Motel Visit website

Award-winning motel, superbly located on the waterfront, close to the township and opposite children's playground and swimming pool. 15 spacious & well appointed units providing . . . More . . . 

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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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