What to do

Kaikoura has long been a special place, steeped in Maori history and tradition as well as a popular eco tourism destination for visitors from all over the world.

It is a wonderfully unique, picturesque and popular holiday resort.


There are many coastal, river bed or mountain tracks in the area and a very active 4x4 group.

Coastal rock outcrops and some inland rock faces make ideal rock climbing and abseiling sites

Art and Craft Galleries
Visit local artists that are recognised throughout New Zealand and internationally for their high standard of creativity and design

Bird Watching
A large variety of bird life can be found around Kaikoura, some species of which are very rare. Bird life can be viewed during a casual walk along the shore or in surrounding countryside.

Formed many thousands of years ago by the sea, one cave has some fine examples of the rare straw stalactites.

Snorkel or Scuba dive the picturesque waters of Kaikoura’s coastline.  Dive sites vary from shallow waters to over 30 metres with crayfish and many species of fish everywhere.

Dolphin Swimming
These trips allow you to see and swim with the playful wild Dusky Dolphins in the natural state of their own environment. A truly awesome and emotional experience.

From surf casting and rock fishing to deep sea fishing. There are plenty of species to be caught.  World records have been broken in the area. Boats can be chartered to go after the big one.

Whale Watching
Kaikoura is one of the best places in the world for watching Whales, Dolphins and Seals due to their close proximity to the shore and the fact that they can be seen all year round.  Whale watching can be done by boat, plane or helicopter.

Scenic Flights
Awesome views of scenery ranging from the township and coastal panoramas to the spectacular sights of the often snow capped mountains from nearly 3000 metres.

Seal Swimming
Experience the thrill of Snorkelling or Scuba Diving with the inquisitive and playful NZ Fur Seal. Close encounters and interaction with wild animals in their own environment has to be experienced to be believed.

Walks and Tramps
There are many walks and tramps to be done throughout the region. Maps of the tracks can be found on www.Virtual-Kaikoura.com

Freefall from 12,000 ft at 200kph over Kaikouras breathtaking rugged coastal and alpine scenery. An experience you will never forget. Skydive Kaikoura

Kaiakoura Seafest is a unique festival, celebrating the bounty of the region is held annually on the first Saturday of October.It offers an opportunity to sample an extravaganza of food and beverages from all over the region. A wide range of continuous top class entertainment for all age and tastes is provided to guarantee a fun filled day for everyone to enjoy.
This is an annual event not to be missed