Things to do in Kaikōura District

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Editor's Picks: the top 5 things to do in the Upper South Island

Check out our AA Traveller Guides Editor's picks of the top 5 experiences not to be missed in the Upper South Island! Read the story . . . 

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Six spectacular South Island road trips

Get your summer travel plans underway with these six road trips around the spectacular South Island. From coastal cruises to mountain vistas, inland highways, charming small towns, waterfalls and wildlife – it's all there to be discovered. Read the story . . . 

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We Love You New Zealand Magazine

New Zealand is brimming with lesser-known sweet spots. We’ve filled 113 pages with hundreds of ideas of things to see and do around the country in our online travel magazine. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Must-Do's: Walking Travel Guide

Whether you’re hiking to a mountain summit or strolling through an urban landscape, there are walking options around New Zealand to suit everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Cycling

Must-Do's: Cycling Travel Guide

There are 22 Great Rides on Ngā Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Check out our comprehensive overview of all the best cycle trails available in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Upper South Island Travel Guide

Covering Marlborough, Nelson Tasman, Canterbury and all the way down the West Coast, our full, digital Upper South Island guide has all the insider travel information you’ll need, including activities, attractions and accommodation. Read it for free, here! Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must Do's: South Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Start planning your next road trip with great attractions, accommodation and things to see and do in the South Island with our full 2022 Must-Do's travel guide. Read or download it here! Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Swim with seals in Kaikōura

Off the coast of Kaikōura you can frolic in the sea with friendly fur seals.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Indulge in a feast of crayfish at Kaikōura

There are no prizes for picking the best spot in New Zealand to enjoy a seafood delicacy. The name of the place gives it away, really. Kai means ‘food’ in Māori. Kōura is crayfish. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: whale watching from above in Kaikōura

With some of the deepest water, closest to shore in the world, Kaikōura is visited by a vast array of marine life – including magnificent whales.  Read the story . . . 

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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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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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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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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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