Information for Visitors to Kaikoura
Translated from Maori, Kaikoura means 'meal of crayfish'. This unique destination offers an abundant selection of year round marine activities, and a variety of accommodation for families, individuals and groups.
Kaikoura is a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching, perhaps the best and most developed in the world, and swimming with dolphins and seals. At the eastern edge of town there is a large seal colony which you can walk to.
North of Kaikoura is the coastline’s iconic crayfish caravan (main picture) which has been an attraction for many years, and to sit on the beach eating the fresh delicate crayfish meat while watching the abundant wildlife is a true Kaikoura experience.
Experienced local fishing charter operators offer trips targeting mainly blue cod, sea perch, groper, and of course the famous Kaikoura crayfish.
But there is more to Kaikoura than its marine life.
Did you know …
- Mt Lyford Ski Area is 60km from Kaikoura where you can ski, snowboard, hire equipment and take ski lessons.
- You can take an off road safari through native bush and over rugged mountains with Kaikoura Mountain Safaris.
- The Coastal Pacific Train runs through Kaikoura, and you can take a day trip from either Picton or Christchurch.
- You can kayak around the Kaikoura Peninsula
- Kaikoura is recognised internationally as an ultimate outdoor destination.
- Walking & hiking tours are available with Walks Kaikoura.
- The Kaikoura Seafest food & wine festival is coming up on 5th October 2013.
- Donegal House, voted 'best Irish hotel' is a unique setting for exceptional conferences, weddings and events.
When staying in Kaikoura, visitors are spoilt for choice for accommodation. From backpackers to beachfront motels, country lodges and B&B’s there is a bed to suit everyone.