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Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses
9.5 Excellent
1 Station Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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12.3 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 28 reviews
9.5

Hapuku Lodge & Tree Houses is located on South Island and offers 5-star accommodation in addition to a Jacuzzi. Popular amenities, such as an outdoor pool and a sauna, make for an enjoyable stay in Kaikoura.

Koura Bay Resort
Koura Bay Resort
8.8 Excellent
75 Koura Bay Drive, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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9.2 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 201 reviews
8.8

Koura Bay Golf Resort is set on South Island and offers 5-star facilities as well as free Wi-Fi. It also provides free bicycle rental and a garden.

Admiral Court Motel
Admiral Court Motel
8.9 Excellent
16 Avoca Street, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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1.5 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 320 reviews
8.9

Admiral Court Motel Kaikoura is located on South Island and offers 4-star facilities as well as a free shuttle service and free Wi-Fi. It also features luggage storage, laundry facilities and a tour desk.

The Fairways at Ocean Ridge
The Fairways at Ocean Ridge
8.5 Excellent
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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3.2 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 744 reviews
8.5

The Fairways at Ocean Ridge is situated on South Island, and offers 5-star accommodation as well as a private beach. It also provides a 24-hour reception, a shopping mall and laundry facilities.

Heritage Court Motor Lodge Kaikoura
Heritage Court Motor Lodge Kaikoura
8.0 Excellent
205 Beach Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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4.1 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 479 reviews
8.0

Heritage Court Motor Lodge provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Kaikoura. It features comfortable rooms with an en suite bathroom and a kitchenette.

The White Morph - Heritage Collection
The White Morph - Heritage Collection
8.7 Excellent
92-94 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 480 reviews
8.7

The White Morph Heritage is located on South Island and offers 5-star facilities in addition to free Wi-Fi. The numerous amenities this modern motel features include highchairs, DVD/video rental and luggage storage.

Seaview Motel
Seaview Motel
7.5 Good
164 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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0.7 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
GoodBased on 637 reviews
7.5

This comfortable motel in Kaikoura provides complimentary wireless internet, as well as outdoor tennis courts and a car rental desk. It also offers an airport shuttle, laundry facilities and a tour desk.

Willowbank Motel
Willowbank Motel
6.2 Good
183 Beach Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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3.8 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
GoodBased on 2 reviews
6.2

Willowbank Motel provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Kaikoura. It also offers a ticket service, a diving centre and a 24-hour reception.

Te Mahuru Retreat
Te Mahuru Retreat
9.1 Excellent
233 Schoolhouse Road, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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5.9 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 1,076 reviews
9.1

This luxury bed & breakfast in Kaikoura offers free wireless internet, as well as meeting rooms and a Jacuzzi. It also provides a ticket service, a tour desk and a BBQ/picnic area.

Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park
Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park
8.4 Excellent
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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2.6 km from city centre, Kaikoura 
ExcellentBased on 845 reviews
8.4

Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park is located on South Island and offers 4-star accommodation as well as a Jacuzzi and free Wi-Fi. Popular amenities, such as a swimming pool and an outdoor pool, make for a satisfying stay in Kaikoura.

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Average price in Kaikoura:$179/night
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About Kaikoura

The seaside settlement of Kaikoura rests where the Pacific Ocean meets the snow-capped peaks of the Seaward Kaikoura Ranges. It’s one of New Zealand’s best places to encounter whales, catch and eat crayfish and hike coastal trails.

Things to do

Encounter Kaikoura's most majestic marine life on a whale-watching cruise between November and March. If you’re lucky, you might even glimpse the annual migration. You can also go snorkeling with wild dolphins.

Point Kean Seal Colony is another must-see for wildlife enthusiasts, offering a peninsula boardwalk and viewing platform where you can see the fur seals up close. On your return journey, stop by Kaikoura Seafood BBQ, a long-standing roadside restaurant and top-rated place to sample affordable crayfish and scallops.

One of the best provincial museums in New Zealand, the Kaikoura Museum offers an insightful look into the culture and traditions of the Maori people and Kaikoura’s whaling and farming history. For an outdoor adventure, follow a wilderness trail in the Kaikoura Ranges, such as the Mt Fyffe and Kowhai-Hapuku circuits.

Arrive in time for Kaikoura Seafest, a one-day celebration in early October that blends seafood, wine, beer and music. Costumes are encouraged, so feel free to join in with the local folk by dressing as a penguin, dolphin or whale. After all the festivities, stroll through purple gardens at Lavendyl Lavender Farm.

Getting around

Kaikoura is a scenic 2.5-hour drive north of Christchurch International Airport. Intercity buses arrive from Christchurch, while trains come from Picton in the north. Rental cars and shuttle buses are available for local transport.

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  • What are the best hotels in Kaikoura?

    Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park, rated with a score of 8.6 from 597 reviewers, is one of the most popular hotels in Kaikoura. Other top stays include The Pier Hotel And Restaurant, with an average rating of 7.9 from 499 reviewers, and Dusky Lodge, with a score of 8.2 from 1,319 reviewers.