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

Kaikoura is easily accessibly within a 2hr 40min drive from Christchurch through the beautiful Waipara wine valley and Cheviot.

The SH1 coastal road to Blenheim and Picton is now open for 24/7 hour travel (day and night-time travel). There will be ongoing roadworks throughout 2018 and we recommend you check the NZTA website here for updated information at least 2 hours before you travel.

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

The alternate scenic route through Nelson Lakes National Park taking 7hr 30min is open 24/7

travelling by coach
travelling by coach

InterCity provides daily coach transport between Christchurch and Kaikoura daily.

local kaikoura transport
local kaikoura transport

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

travelling by air
travelling by air

Scenic flights and charters are available at Kaikoura 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 between Christchurch and Picton. Currently closed for the 2017 season due to the earthquake damage to road and rail north of Kaikoura.

apt touring route
apt touring route

Self-drive visitors can make the most of this beautiful area and enjoy Kaikoura as part of a multi-day scenic drive on the Alpine Pacific Touring route. This route links Kaikoura with Hanmer Springs Alpine Village and Waipara wine region.