Activities ... what to do in Kaikoura

Don't be deceived, there's more to Kaikoura than marine life!

No longer is it the quick stop off between Picton and Christchurch, Kaikoura can boast it is a top destination for international visitors.

Sperm Whale diving into the depths off the Kaikoura coast © Photographer: Dennis Buurman /

Local tour operators offer the chance to watch whales, dolphins, sea-birds and many other species of marine life on a daily basis; by boat, flight and by land. With wetsuits provided, visitors can even join dolphins and seals in their ocean environment.

Kaikoura is renowned for its abundance of marine activities and that includes getting out to catch your dinner. Join one of the local fishing tours with a guide to help you out if it is your fist time. Experience scuba diving our reefs with the local dive operator, some of the best in the country, kayak out and enjoy the natural beauty of our Peninsula or get out on some of the best rated surfing waves this country has.

If you want to get a bird’s eye view of our beautiful town and see some of the amazing Kaikoura Ranges which are often dusted in snow, then we have the ride for you. From the air you can see it all, Mt Fyffe at 1602m down to the rocky peninsula and seaside township. Take controls of a small aircraft with the local aero club with no experience needed!

 Provides access to several NZ Fur Seal colonies and is the most popular half-day track in the country  © Photographer: Dennis Buurman /

For those more comfortable on terra firma, you won’t miss out. We have an excellent range of activities from four wheel motor biking, horse trekking, and wine tasting or enjoy some genuine Maori hospitality. Take in the local historical and scenic sights and even the stunning Maori Leap Cave. It is all here waiting for you.

Walking the shore or getting in amongst the native bush, you could enjoy a leisurely thirty minute stroll or take a half day or full day option. That big mountain range which greets you on arrival has a popular walk to a hut for an overnight option. There is something available for all abilities and fitness levels. For more information on the tracks & trails and conditions contact Kaikoura i-SITE or check this out -Department of Conservation

Relax and unwind, adventure time, in the air, or on the sea, walking the shores or climbing the mountains. You will find Kaikoura is just the spot to enjoy an activity or two to suit you!