Art and History

Just one example of local art © Art & Design Gallery
Historically, Kaikoura is fascinating. Remnants of the Maori and European settlement of the area and Kaikoura's whaling history can still be seen today by visiting the Kaikoura Museum and the historic Fyffe House. Or take a tour to learn more about Kaikoura's Maori history and culture with Kaikoura Maori guides.

The town is also home to numerous artists and craftspeople, all of whom creatively incorporate local flavour into their designs. Wonderful local products can be seen in several galleries in and around the town, including gold gilding, pottery, paintings and prints, jewellery, wood turning, knitted garments and much more, or join the Art Trail starting at the Visitors Centre and see for yourself the artists at work in their own enviroment.