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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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Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge

Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge
Address
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Superb, 9.1
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Kaikoura Gateway Motor Lodge is situated on South Island and provides 4-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. Popular facilities, such as a sauna and an outdoor pool, make for a satisfying stay in Kaikoura.

The White Morph Heritage

The White Morph Heritage
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.3
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The White Morph Heritage is located on South Island and offers 5-star facilities in addition to free Wi-Fi. A short stroll from Dive Kaikoura, it provides comfortable rooms equipped with a private balcony, a refrigerator and a kitchenette.

Blue Seas Motel

Blue Seas Motel
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.0
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Blue Seas Motel is located in Kaikoura and is close to Kaikoura Beach. It is conveniently positioned for those wanting to sightsee in the area.

Kaikoura Boutique Hotel

Kaikoura Boutique Hotel
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Fabulous, 8.8
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Kaikoura Boutique Hotel is situated on South Island and provides 4-star accommodation as well as free Wi-Fi. The various facilities this contemporary hotel offers include a ticket service, a tour desk and luggage storage.

Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park

Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.0
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Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park is located on South Island and offers 4-star accommodation as well as a Jacuzzi. Popular amenities, such as a swimming pool and an outdoor pool, make for a satisfying stay in Kaikoura.

Willowbank Motel

Willowbank Motel
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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6.6
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Willowbank Motel provides comfortable 3-star accommodation in Kaikoura. It also offers a 24-hour reception, a diving centre and laundry facilities.

Seaview Motel

Seaview Motel
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Very Good, 8.4
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Featuring outdoor tennis courts, Seaview Motel is situated in Kaikoura and provides comfortable accommodation. It has a spa and wellness centre, as well as an airport shuttle, a car rental desk and a tour desk.

Heritage Court Motor Lodge

Heritage Court Motor Lodge
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Good, 7.6
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This comfortable motel in Kaikoura provides complimentary wireless internet, as well as luggage storage and a concierge. It features comfortable rooms with an en suite bathroom and a kitchenette.

Admiral Court Motel Kaikoura

Admiral Court Motel Kaikoura
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Superb, 9.0
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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 babysitting/child services, a ticket service and luggage storage.

Brook House B&B & Cottages

Brook House B&B & Cottages
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Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Superb, 9.0
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Situated in Kaikoura, Brook House B&B & Cottages provides 3-star accommodation, as well as a swimming pool. It also offers bicycle rental, luggage storage and a 24-hour reception.

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