This website is managed by Destination Kaikōura, the Regional Tourism Organisation for Kaikōura. Formed in April 2014, Kaikōura became New Zealand’s 30th Regional Tourism Organisation (RTO).


Kaikōura is the smallest RTO in New Zealand and is responsible for promoting Kaikōura domestically and internationally.


Destination Kaikōura is managed by acting General Manager, Louise Frend assisted by Luci Williams (Marketing and Events Engagement Manager), and Lisa Collier (Accounts Manager).


For any enquiries about the website, marketing or accounts please email us.


The Kaikōura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is non-for-profit organisation that is separate from the RTO Destination Kaikōura and is predominately funded by membership fees and commission on bookings. The Kaikōura i-SITE is managed by Damian McDonnell and his team of Visitor centre consultants.


The Kaikōura i-SITE is governed by an independent board, The Kaikōura Information and Tourism incorporated (KITI) which is an association that is overseeing the Kaikōura i-SITE functions and finances.


KITI consists of ten voluntary board members elected by the Kaikōura i-SITE financial members and are nominated a term of 2 years. The board members are currently: Lynette Buurman (Chairperson), Chris Sturgeon (Deputy), Daniel Stevenson, Janice Dreaver, Joanne James, Matt Foy, Paul Finney, Neroli Gold and council elected board members Julie Howden & Lisa Bond.


If you have any questions about visiting Kaikōura or other travel enquiries please visit the Kaikōura i-SITE Visitor Information Centre page here or contact us direct.


Current Vacancies


Role: Destination Manager
Location: Kaikōura
Status: Permanent Full time


Are you an experienced tourism professional looking for a sea change?


Imagine immersing yourself in the incredible and unique environment of Kaikōura and being part of a small tight knit community.  Kaikōura is the perfect location for exploring the Top of the South & enjoying a lifestyle that is truly paradise for the active adventurer. 


With a backyard that most of the world can only dream about, have you considered the challenge and the rewards that living in Kaikōura might offer you? 


Click here for more information about the Destination Manager role


Applications in writing please to: [email protected]


Applications close 30th June.