Things to do in Kaikōura

As an all-season destination Kaikōura has something for everyone, here are some of our top picks.

Where to Stay in Kaikōura

Accommodation in Kaikoura ranges from unique luxury to backpacker basic.

A short walk from Kaikoura station and you will find accommodation to suit any holiday style. From campgrounds and backpackers, lodges, motels, apartments and more you will easily find the perfect place to stay.

If you have transport and are willing to venture out of the township you have the choice of some idyllic rural retreats such as Hapuku Lodge and PurePods. Set in the mountains these luxurious escapes will leave you feeling refreshed and inspired.

Kaikōura Transport

When it comes to getting around, most places in Kaikoura can be reached by foot.

To get from the train to your hotel or accommodation, it is worth asking your hotelier for their recommendation (often they'll offer to pick you up!).

Kaikoura History

Kaikoura has seen it all from the days of Te Rauparahawhalers, farmers, pioneers and timber millers to the growth of roads, shipping and coach services. As a buzzing tourist town famous for whale watching and seafood Kaikōura has been thrown into the public consciousness for other reasons, all at the hands of Mother Nature.

Getting to Kaikoura