Kaikoura Peninsula Walk

Romantic Getaway

Perfectly positioned with the lapping waves of the Pacific Ocean to one side and the towering mountains of the Kaikōura Seaward Ranges to the other; Kaikōura is surrounded by some of the worlds most natural beauty and makes for the perfect place for a quick romantic escape with your partner. A short drive from either transport centre of Christchurch or Blenheim, there is no excuse to not make your way here.

Day 1

Discovering Your Stay

Having made the decision to join us here, choose from one of these many romantically perfect spots, laden with experiences that will stoke those freshly hot relationship-coals whilst also, rekindling old flames that life has dampened with its necessity.

 

PurePods

For that authentic, and completely “Bush” romanticism, nothing has relaxation and decadence written all over it than remoteness of these pods in the hills.

The privacy and isolation of these luxurious glass cabins, completely surrounded by nature, takes you to another world. From the sky to the hills, the sea, the birds, the bush, view the landscape from the comfort of the plush beds or relax in the hot-tub and soak in the canvas of star above.

 There are two PurePod’s in Kaikōura, both offering the peace and tranquillity of a relaxed evening and a star-filled night. You can order your breakfast and dinner from PurePod so it’s there, ready-to-go, on arrival. Although you can self-cater and take your own food if you prefer. Just make sure you pack in a bottle of North Canterbury’s pinot gris to enjoy.

 

Te Mahuru Retreat

Nestled in the Kaikōura flats, this is a B&B to satisfy all your romantic needs. Private hot – tubs with views of the Seaward Ranges and private cottages & serene gardens will offer the peace and tranquillity you need. Located a short drive from the Kaikōura township but feels a million miles away.

This property also doubles up as a wedding venue should your trip go well!

 

Sky Harbour Cottage

Unique to Kaikōura, this little treasure is cosily situated at the foot of Mt. Fyffe and the Kaikōura Seaward Ranges. Beautifully built to modern tastes but with that old-time feel, leave the comfort of your king-sized bed and have your breakfast on the balcony overlooking the unobstructed views of the Peninsula, with the township providing the foreground for your romantic weekend away.

In the evening, cosy up to the large gas fire in the open plan kitchen/dining/living area and take in the surroundings or take a romantic hike up into the hills and enjoy the Fyffe-Palmer bush walk alongside the property.

Once you have settled and discovered your surroundings, treat yourself to a romantic evening meal overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the hilltops south of Kaikōura at the Old Kaikōura Winery, with a 7 – course degustation menu, delight in the delicate tastes that the locality has to offer. Paired beautifully with wines from the local region, each plate will create a lasting memory of your special time in Kaikōura.

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Manakau PurePod sunrise on a winters morning
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Pure Pods

The Kahutara PurePod is perched high above the Kahutara River with vast views across to the mighty Seaward Kaikōura Mountain Range. It is only 20 minutes inland from Kaikōura and 2.5 hours north of Christchurch.
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Te Mahuru Retreat

Te Mahuru Retreat Kaikōura offers B&B accommodation,
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The Pier Hotel & Restaurant

Come and visit Kaikōura’s classic ‘Kiwi’ pub, iconic nineteenth century character hotel guesthouse and restaurant - famous for the freshest seafood and Kaikōura crayfish.

Day 2

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Activities

Use Day 2 as your go-to day for couples’ activities around this stunning area; whether its relaxing or exhilarating, there will always be something to do for you both to enjoy.

Start your day with one of our favourite places in Kaikōura; the Peninsula walkway.
Spot NZ fur seals from the cliffs, wander past the endangered Hutton Shearwater sanctuary and keep an eye out for whales and dolphins in the distance.

On a less strenuous note, avail of one of the many massage and treatment options in town. South Pacific Beauty: with his & hers options, will have you looking and feeling amazing, while Natures Rhythm will leave you relaxed on a physical and spiritual level

Spend the rest of the morning lazily meandering through the Kaikōura township, exploring the many beautiful homeware and clothing shops before stopping in for lunch at one or more of our cosy cafes to share a treat. Take the time to seek out handmade ice cream at Poppy's to enjoy whilst you stroll along the pebbled Esplanade beach.

For the afternoon you can’t beat getting whisked away in a helicopter for an unforgettable heli-picnic at secluded and exclusive alpine landing sites nestled in the Kaikōura ranges. Enjoy locally prepared and organic picnic hampers while surrounded by breath-taking 360-degree views of the Kaikōura mountain ranges and Pacific Ocean.

Options for this breath-taking experience include South Pacific Helicopters or Kaikōura Helicopters

To complete your day, put that cherry on top of your getaway with a delightful sunset tour on the south side of the Peninsula. Get close to nature and relax from the comfort of a kayak with Kaikōura Kayaks or Seal Kayak Kaikōura to see the end of another beautiful day in paradise as the sun disappears behind the mountains and bring an end to our romantic getaway.


For those of you who enjoy an all-inclusive experience, treat yourself and your partner to a stay at Hapuku Lodge for a real taste of luxury. Nestled 30 feet in the air, the tree houses sit amongst a native Kanuka Grove underneath the majestic Kaikōura Mountains. Wraparound windows ensure neck-swivelling views of mountains, sea and roaming deer from the spa bath, seating nook (complete with wood fire) and deck.

Make your way down to the lodge’s open-plan dining room that has a relaxed alpine feel. Dine by the double-sided fireplace during the cooler months or eat in the garden in summer. Chef Fiona Read was a finalist on MasterChef 2011, so expect ambitious dishes, featuring Hapuku Farm organic greens and oven-roasted Kaikoura crayfish.

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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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South Pacific Helicopters

South Pacific Helicopters offers premier whale watching and scenic flights in Kaikōura, New Zealand.
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Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses

Five star luxury lodge accommodation 10 minutes north of Kaikōura, with 5 luxury suites and 5 distinctive tree houses. Hapuku Lodge positions its guests to take full advantage of the Kaikōura experience.

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