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A spring getaway!

Looking to wind down this Spring and take in some fresh air? Only 2 hours 30 minutes drive north from Christchurch Airport or 1 hour 40 from Blenheim, Kaikōura is the perfect, easily accessible location for a relaxing weekend away!


All Aboard...

Climb on board the Coastal Pacific Train at 0700am from Christchurch Train station, for a scenic journey up the Pacific coast. Enjoy rugged coastlines and breath taking beauty! The Train between Christchurch - Picton (via Kaikōura) is currently running Thursday - Sunday

You will arrive into Kaikōura around 10am, ready for the day ahead.

When you arrive, enjoy time wandering around town  - it will be hard to go past Harmons Motor Museum. Father and son Geoff and Bernard Harmon have an extensive collection of classic cars, with onsite Bernie's Diner - Kaikōura's American style diner! We recommend the tasty milkshake and burgers!

After lunch head out for a fish with Top Catch Fishing Charters or Kaikōura Fishing Tours! Enjoy an unforgettable experience on the water and take home what you catch! 

Check into your accommodation at one of our awesome spots - whether Awatea Country B&B, Manakau Lodge, Lobster Inn, Dylan's Country Cottages. Wacky Stays or Alpine Pacific Holiday Park - we know you won't be disappointed. 

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Top Catch Fishing Charters

Enjoy an unforgettable fishing experience with Top Catch Charters Kaikōura, at the end of a great trip your catch will be processed ready for you to take home.
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Bernie's Diner

Kaikoura’s American Style Diner together with Harmon’s Classic Car Museum. Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch
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Awatea Country B&B

A quiet rural retreat with four spacious bedrooms and large lounge, dinning and patio areas for you to enjoy.


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After a rested night sleep, hire your rental car from Kaikōura rentals and embark on the day!

Enjoy an action packed morning with Dolphin Encounter! The Dusky Dolphin are one of the most acrobatic dolphin of the dolphin species - so be ready for a show in their natural environment - whether you are swimming or watching!

Did you know - Kaikōura has one of the greatest numbers of different types of seabirds within a small area than anywhere along the New Zealand coastline. View the albatross, petrels, shearwaters and other seabirds with Albatross Encounter.


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Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Encounter operates exceptional tours to Kaikoūras' amazing dusky dolphins. All year round, pods of dolphins can be found along the Kaikoūra Coast which has a very picturespque mountainous backdrop offering exceptional scenery. Options are snorkelling with the dolphins (all equipment supplied) or watching from the comfort of the boat
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Albatross Encounter

Albatross Encounter is a spectacular boat tour to view a range of albatross species and other beautiful seabirds found along the Kaikōura coastline. The tours operate daily, all year round. Join us to learn about these majestic bird species that are encountered at very close range. Superb photography is guaranteed.
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Kaikōura Rentals

Car Hire in Kaikoura. We have a small fleet of automatic vehicles available to suit most needs. Bookings essential.


After a delicious breakfast at your accommodation or one of our local cafes, head up for a scenic flight with Wings over Whales or Air Kaikōura. Soar through the clouds and spot the magnificent Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment, and chances are you may also spot a pod of the resident Dusky Dolphins while your in the air. Take time to enjoy the snow-capped mountains in one direction and the depths of the Pacific ocean in the other.

Looking to stretch the legs? or embark on your next fitness challenge? Check out our many hikes and bike trails for all levels waiting to be explored! For those feeling adventurous and skilled on a MTB check out Mt Fyffe, or those looking for a more leisurely walk explore the Hinau Track.

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Wings Over Whales

Wings Over Whales Kaikōura provide whale watching flights, scenic air tours and private aircraft charter.
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Air Kaikōura Aero Club

Kaikōura Aero Club has been providing affordable flight instruction since 1983. If you're as nuts about flying as we are, you're welcome to join us.
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Emporium Brewing

More than just a brewery. Emporium Brewing is an award winning brewery based in Kaikoura.


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Enjoy a day of leisure in Kaikōura !

A few activities we recommend include:

An early morning sunrise walk of the Kaikōura Peninsula Track

A tour with Kaikōura Kayaks or Seal Kayak Kaikōura

Llama trekking along the coastline. 

Lunch at Beach House Cafe

Take a stroll through a lavendar field and some delicious lavender infused ice cream at Lavendyl Lavender Farm.

Hit the shops and take home a Kaikōura keepsake.

Embark back to Christchurch on the Coastal Pacific Train

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Seal Kayak Kaikōura

New Zealand's 1st and only Kayak tour of its kind. Easier, faster, hands free, pedal or paddle, perfect for photos or those cheeky selfies.
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Lavendyl Lavender Farm

Spend the day with us... Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the gardens in a tranquil atmosphere, have a coffee or tea, browse through the lavender products in our shop or stay the night in one of our two self contained cottages.
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Llama Trekking Kaikōura

Experience a guided Llama Trek in beautiful Kaikōura. Familiarize yourself with the Llamas before the walk starts with an introduction. After getting to know your Llama the guided trek starts.