Nau Mai Haere Mai Ki Kaikoura 
Welcome to Kaikoura... Few places in the world can boast of such nature wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura. The seaside settlement is the most northern district in the Canterbury region located on the east coast of the South Island (an ideal location for both north and south bound travellers). 2.5 hours drive from Christchurch, normally 1.5 hours from Blenheim and only 2 hours from Picton. For an update on the roads please see NZTA and On The Move

Earthquake Updates - FAQs

Planning a visit to Kaikoura soon? Click here for answers to your questions about last year’s quake and what we’ve been doing to make sure your visit to our region is as enjoyable as ever. 


Things to do....

Kaikoura has a rich history and culture to explore. There is plenty to choose from and lots of activities that cater for all abilities marine or land based.
The local speciality is crayfish, you will be spoilt for choice whether you are eating in or dining out.
Explore the shops and support local business. Or attend one of the many events Kaikoura Seafest ... an annual celebration.
Kaikoura's community cares about its environment and is taking steps to protect it. Enjoy our piece of paradise.

Where to stay....

Accommodation in Kaikoura is extensive, ranging from campgrounds and backpackers, hostels through to bed and breakfasts, farm-stays, self-contained units, lodges, motels, apartments and motor-inns.
Whatever your budget,  whether it be for a short break, weekend away or a long holiday with the family or for a romantic getaway, Kaikoura has a place to stay for you.