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How to get here

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, 2 hours from Blenheim and only 2,5 hours from Picton - the gateway to the North Island.
Kaikoura and surround map
travelling by road
travelling by road

Kaikōura is easily accessibly within a 2hr 30min drive from Christchurch through the beautiful Waipara wine valley and Cheviot.

The Mt Lyford Inland Route 70 road from Waiau to Kaikoura is open 24/7.

From Picton 2,5 hours and Blenheim 2 hours along the SH1 coastal road. Offering panoramic views of the coastline. Pull over at the new Ohau Point viewing area to watch the Fur Seal Colony just a 25 minute drive north of Kaikōura. 

The SH1 coastal road to Picton and Christchurch is open for 24/7 hour travel.

travelling by coach
travelling by coach

Intercity provides daily coach transport between Christchurch – Kaikōura and Picton – Kaikōura. All Services will remain cancelled during Alert Level 2
Booking for future travel? At this stage bookings are open for travel from Friday 29 May 2020.

Atomic Travel between Picton and Christchurch is now available. Coaches run on 50% capacity. Please do book in advance.

 

local transport
local transport

Rental car and shuttle services are available within Kaikōura. Contact the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre for more information.

travelling by air
travelling by air

Scenic flights and charters are available at Kaikōura airport. Contact the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre for more information. Christchurch International airport provides both domestic and international services.

travelling by train
travelling by train

The Coastal Pacific train runs daily between Christchurch and Picton from late September to the end of April. Train bookings are suspended until further notice.

apt touring route
apt touring route

Self-drive visitors can make the most of this beautiful area and enjoy Kaikōura as part of a multi-day scenic drive on the Alpine Pacific Touring Route. This route links Kaikōura with Hanmer Springs Alpine Village and Waipara wine region. 450kms of spectacular scenery winding past wineries, alpine thermal pools, wild surf, and whales.