Lap up Kaikōura

Paua patties, delicious crayfish, and seals stretched out in the sun, first come to mind when thinking of Kaikōura.


Kaikōura’s name is all about food. In Te reo Māori – Kai means food and Kōura means crayfish. For those up for an adventure, you can go diving for crayfish and cook up an excellent seafood dinner. Ensure you understand the laws around snagging one of these delicious crustaceans. For example a maximum of six crayfish per day.

Or you could treat yourself to a seafood feast at one of the local restaurants, where you can savour (already caught) mouthwatering crayfish, scallops, paua, and other
delectable delicacies.

See the whales
If you are one that prefers to sit back and watch nature from afar, hop on a whale watching boat. You can experience what people from all over the world come to Kaikōura for, the incredible movements of whales in their natural habitat. It’s truly awe-inspiring. You may even spot some dolphins.

Go sky high
Elevate your Kaikōura experience by booking a thrilling helicopter flight.
Soar above the town and take in the jaw-dropping views from this impressive vantage point. Many people have spotted whales while flying in a helicopter, providing an ideal opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. The panoramic perspective from above allows you to fully appreciate the beauty of this lovely coastal town.

Walk the Peninsula
Anyone wanting to stretch their legs should give the Peninsula Walkway a go. This trail offers the best opportunity to immerse yourself in the close-up breathtaking beauty of Kaikōura. As you make your way along the path, you’ll have the choice to traverse the elevated track, treating yourself to views of the coastline and the vast expanse of the ocean. Alternatively, you can opt for the sea-level route, where you’ll feel the refreshing sea breeze on your face as you meander alongside the crashing waves.

Kaikōura farmers’ market
Another highlight of Kaikōura is the vibrant farmers’ market. Every Saturday, locals and visitors gather to explore the array of fresh produce, artisanal goods, and local crafts. From juicy fruits and vegetables, to homemade bread, cheeses, and preserves, the market offers a delightful experience. Stroll through the stalls, interact with friendly vendors, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere while sampling delicious treats.


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