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Coastal escape

A small coastal village with breathtaking views of towering snow-capped mountains and the vast blue Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is a South Island destination which offers rich nature and cultural experiences.



Visit the mountains, watch whales and dolphins, and take in the beautiful sunset while indulging in fresh, locally caught seafood – all in one day.

Just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Christchurch, two hours from Picton and 45-minutes from Hanmer Springs and Waipara – this local gem is practically on Canterbury’s doorstep.

Accessible on the Coastal Pacific train or via bus and with quaint camping and accommodation options, make your stay an overnight one.

Make the most of the captivating scenery with adventure activities like whale watching, kayak tours, e-biking, llama trekking, 4WDing, mountain biking, escape rooms, helicopter rides, mini golf, fishing charters and white water river rafting. Stay in coastal campgrounds or luxury lodges, and enjoy the local hospitality scene at wineries, breweries and cute cafes.

Famous for the quintessential Kiwi fish ‘n’ chips on the beach, Kaikoura is also home to cool local breweries, wholefood cafes, delicious fresh ice cream and woodfired pizzas.

Seafood is the hero of most fare served in Kaikoura (which is named after the delicacy), with its famous crayfish available freshly caught and cooked, or to-go in an ice bin.

Wildlife spotting is also a popular pursuit in the coastal settlement, where New Zealand fur seals, Blue Penguins and albatross can be seen in their natural habitats.

Or, for a more up close and personal encounter, join a whale watching tour to see the Giant Sperm Whale, as well as Humpbacks, Orca and Blue Whales or jump in the water to see Dusky Dolphins.

Kaikoura is also a hot spot for romantic getaways or family trips, with secluded glamping and bed and breakfast options ideal for couples, or campgrounds, motels and rental houses for family groups.

Experience the mountains with an array of nature walks, or check out lesser known attractions like hidden art trails, the Kaikoura museum and cool little, local coffee shops and cafés.

Or, indulge in a luxurious massage or beauty treatment. A daily sheep shearing show is a popular attraction for children and those not familiar with rural life, and easy bike trails snake along the Kowhai River through native bush.

If you’re driving to Kaikoura, explore the coast and countryside on the Alpine Pacific highway, where 450km of spectacular scenery winds past the wineries of Waipara, the alpine thermal pool of Hanmer and the wild surf of the east coast.


All in the family: North Canterbury Energy Centre

It has built its reputation as being one of the most trusted names in cooling and heating solutions because it is a family owned and operated business dedicated to delivering a high standard of customer service.



North Canterbury Energy Centre (NCEC) is headed by Tracey and Joanne Brown, with sons, Joshua and Jarrad, and daughters, Hollie and Zoe, making up the engineering, installation, operations and communications team.

“A family business makes for a better business; it makes for a higher morale. Everyone gets stuck in,” says Operations Manager, Hollie.

The business focuses on both the commercial and home sector, as specified below.

• Heat-pumps/air conditioning
• Ventilation
• Heat transfer systems
• Log burners

The NCEC showroom at 694 Lineside Road, Rangiora, showcases heat-pumps and premium log burners, and the team will happily discuss customer requirements and offer expert advice.

With a branch also at Kaikoura, booking a consultation with NCEC is your next greatest move.

Phone (03) 313 0531 or 0800 NC HEAT for Canterbury and (03) 319 7559 for Kaikoura.


Engineering hospitality: Kirk Roberts

Kirk Roberts continues to expand the horizons of ingenuity with its Sudima Hotel project in Kaikoura. Designed and engineered by Kirk Roberts, the project was always going to be at the forefront of technology and cost effectiveness.


The fully modular building was prefabricated in Christchurch and freighted for assembly on site.

Constructed inside and out in exposed concrete representing the local pier, bridges and volcanic rock, with the white textured concrete representing local limestone rock, and natural timbers to reflect the surrounding hills and mountains.

All materials are proudly Kiwi supplied. “Proving that we don’t need to go offshore, but this requires innovative, smart design and a co-operative builder like Calder Stewart,” says Chief Executive Jade Kirk.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) means the project is fully modelled to every screw and bolt, meaning, “We have a high level of cost control, with our build cost significantly less than anyone else or anywhere in New Zealand, while retaining top quality.”

The hotel features 120 rooms, a gym and pool, four-storey atrium and reception, full restaurant/bar and conference facilities, plus indoor and outdoor seating with stunning views to the north, east and west.

“The best thing is the economic benefit to the region: our conservative estimate is 40,000 rooms nights per annum with the majority of visitors new to Kaikoura.”

Local Runanga are a financial partner and committed to the success of the hotel, which will be the largest employer in the region with 40 to 60 staff.

“We love this project; we’ve had great local feedback and we are thrilled to be a part of the success of the region.”




Winter Escape

Winter is the time of year to trigger the innate flight or fight response in us; flee for the tropics or tough it out in our little corner of the South Pacific. And, although the islands in the sun may offer the seductive swaying of palm trees and umbrella-clad cocktails, there are plenty of local options for a seasonal getaway to combat the winter blues.



Whether you want to hibernate in luxury or the great outdoors is more up your alley, Canterbury offers superb scenery, divine day spas, world-class cuisine, fine wines and warm southern hospitality – all the ingredients for a luxurious getaway without leaving the confines of Canterbury.

Hanmer Springs & Hurunui
Swill and savour some of Waipara’s award-winning wines and refuel with delicious vineyard fare, unwind at the hot pools or relax and rejuvenate with a massage or body treatment at a spa.

South Canterbury
With historic homesteads and modern high country lodges, there’s something for everyone, with beautiful outdoor environments, rich art, history and heritage, plenty of outdoor adventures and fabulous fare.

North of Canterbury
You’ll find the relaxing Maruia Springs Thermal Resort 2.5 hours from the city, then continue north towards Murchison. The abandoned township of Lyell is a must-see historic reserve. Then you’ll find Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park, where you’ll find family friendly adventure, from the comet line to gold panning and exploring.

Few places in the world can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura, providing an unforgettable location for a combination of New Zealand’s best eco-tourism experiences, along with both relaxing and exhilarating land-based activities.


Distinctive slumbers

Distinctive slumbers: thinking outside the box of a traditional hotel room

If the regional rebuild has demonstrated anything, it’s the innovation and determination of its habitants, as out of the box concepts, creations and contraptions come to life.

Distinctive slumbers
Lavericks Bay

It’s certainly evident in the range of unique accommodations in greater Canterbury. From luxury tree houses to glass pods and grain silos, this is what sweet dreams are truly made of.

Luxury treehouses: Hapuku Lodge + Tree Houses is a contemporary country hotel located on a deer breeding farm, 12 kilometres north of Kaikoura. Where else could you stay in a luxury tree hut 30-feet above the ground in the canopy of a native manuka grove?

Jail bird: Go to jail and do not pass go, just for the night with The Jailhouse. The award-winning Addington accommodation once served as an actual prison, before being refurbished and opened as accommodation more than a decade ago.

Stay in silo style: It may have once been just a humble grain silo, but some clever creators have converted this Little River marvel into innovative and stylish serviced apartments known as SiloStay.

Pod perfection: Sleep in a glass pod surrounded by nature in Kaikoura, Banks Peninsula or Waipara with PurePods. These glass eco-cabins are located in the midst of the stunning New Zealand landscape.

Timber tents: Spend the evening staring at the stars from a ‘wooden tent’ with see-through roofing at Onuku Farm Hostel that is located in a tranquil clearing amidst Kanuka trees in Banks Peninsula.

Glorious glamping: Try your hand at glamping – that’s glamourous camping – with Canopy Camping Escapes at Lavericks Bay in Banks Peninsula. Rich in history, the scenic bay is set on a 1000-hectare sheep and beef farm and its luxury tents feature woodburners, a camp kitchen and even a bathroom

Harmonious huts: Stay in a snug little dome-shaped pod in Mt Lyford with Harakeke Huts. The five-hectare private property is set at the bottom end of Mt Lyford village. You have the comfort of proper lighting and heating and each hut has its own private deck and deck chairs.

Star light, star bright: Stare at the amazing Mackenzie skies from SkyScape’s building made almost entirely of glass. This distinctive accommodation is designed to maximise the extraordinary views of the Mackenzie Country both day and night.

Downton dalliance: Why not head back in time to Downton Abbey. Otahuna Lodge is a beguiling Victorian mansion that offers its guests a unique sense of wonder and discovery. New Zealand’s largest private historic residence has been revitalised with luxury accommodation.

The former Christchurch Re:START Mall

Container mall’s new northern home: Re:START makes it’s way up the coast to quake stricken Kaikoura

Right from square one, the Re:START mall was an out of the box response to the urgent post-quake need for retail space in the city’s heart. And, although only ever intended as a temporary solution, the ‘container mall’ concept’s 2011 opening struck a local chord.

The former Christchurch Re:START Mall
The former Christchurch Re:START Mall

The brightly coloured containers quickly became an internationally-recognisable symbol of post-quake innovation before they were removed to make way for the Riverside Farmers’ Market due to open early next year.
Now upcycled shipping containers from the popular mall have found a new home in Kaikōura’s main street. Known as Uplift Kaikōura, the container mall’s northern incarnation is the brainchild of local business owners whose buildings were damaged in the Kaikōura quake in 2016.


The precinct opened at the end of last year on an empty site in the centre of town and is home to Gecko Gearz, Paper Plus and Ocean Arts, with a fourth business joining in soon.
Gecko Gearz owner Penny Betts says Uplift stands on the site where the grand Adelphi Hotel stood for 96 years before being demolished after the 2016 quake.
“We are so fortunate to have these containers in Kaikōura,” Penny says.
“A good mix of travellers are shopping at the site and we’ve had very positive feedback and support from locals and Kiwis travelling through.”
Much like its former incarnation, feedback has been extremely positive. “People are constantly telling me it has given the town life, a really good vibe and shows we are moving forward and staying positive albeit challenging times,” she says.
“There’s a lovely green area in the centre, which has some picnic tables and a giant Connect Four game. It is great to see people relaxing in the area and quite a few of the local teens come and play the Connect Four.”
Uplift was predominantly privately-funded with some public donations from a Givealittle fundraising page.
Meanwhile in Christchurch, the Riverside Farmers’ Market is expected to be made up of five low-rise buildings with more than 80 market stalls, with 10,000 square metres of floor space and balconies overlooking three new laneways.
Inspired by European markets in cities like Copenhagen, the $80 million plan headed by developer Richard Peebles includes restaurants, food stalls and shops, fashion stores and offices, and is expected to be a breakthrough for the western end of Christchurch’s retail precinct.
“Farmers’ markets are the heart and soul of a city,” Peebles said when he unveiled plans for the development. “It’s where people naturally congregate and come together as a community.”
Building commenced earlier this year, with the complex earmarked for completion by 1 November 2018. The quick build time aims to minimise disruption for central city retailers.


A coastal paradise: Kaikoura is an international destination (that you won’t need a passport to visit)

If a stunning peninsula town encircled by majestic mountains and life-filled craggy coastlines takes your fancy, a weekend getaway to Kaikoura is pure paradise – for all senses in all seasons.


A $1.3 billion-dollar rebuild after the 2016 quakes returned its infrastructure and accessibility. However, the community’s vibrancy never really faded. Visitors are its life blood.
Kaikoura boasts world-class close encounters of the sea-life kind. Lonely Planet sites our fur seal community as second to none. Basking or frolicking, they are the cutest most fascinating creatures to watch. And swimming with smart, inquisitive dolphins has been life changing for many.
Sperm whale and dolphin viewing, by boat or air, astonishes millions of tourists and is the bucket list on many a travel itinerary. Its only 2.5 hour’s drive from Christchurch – how lucky are we!
Kaikoura translates ‘to eat crayfish’. Seafood lovers will be in heaven. Restaurants and cafés serve abundant fresh local fare, while accommodation ranges from hospitable B&Bs, to luxury beachfront hotels.
Kaikoura Museum, resembling a crayfish basket, houses collections of whaling history – and even antique telephones. While Fyffe House, home of the first settlers, has foundations built from whale backbones. Stunning walks now show a slightly different landscape, measuring in parts a coastal uplift of over a metre. There’s a lavender farm, a Maori tour, scuba diving, snorkelling, eco tours – the list is as endless as the panorama.
Literally breathtaking, by deeply inhaling both the bracing mountain air and the energising scent of sea spray, a trip to Kaikoura can renew jaded souls, rekindle romance, or offer the ultimate adventure explosion.

Whyte Construction

A Landmark Milestone: Whyte Construction looks back on their contributions to the post-quake rebuild

Enjoying the landmark of 20 years in business in Christchurch, David Whyte, Director of Whyte Construction is reflecting on achievements past, plus looking forward enthusiastically to the next score of years.

Whyte Construction

Post-earthquakes, David is proud to have thousands of satisfied customers. While residual earthquake repairs are now more complex and the team continues helping Kaikoura clients, the company is also ‘full steam ahead’ on client projects, driven by passion rather than need. Original and repeat clients have been waiting patiently for the peak of earthquake work to pass, so they can carry out alterations, extensions and new builds.
Residential projects are core, from entry level, to large scale hillside architectural homes such as Kiteroa Terrace, pictured. But at any one time the company will be deeply involved in a great diversity of work, with current projects including recladding a university hostel and alterations to a funeral home. Weathertight homes are also a specialty. “We are excellent at solutions,” David says. “We are not into mass housing, but we are competitive with them.”
There are no packages. “It’s bespoke to your needs, from end to end.”
Your single point of contact is a trade qualified project manager who is experienced, personable, and both quality and service-driven. Low staff turnover is a source of pride – the team is highly skilled and dynamic, and loves new ventures and problem solving.
“We assist and guide clients in a way that enables them to come out of their comfort zones.”
The team loves “the delight in people’s faces, when they see what they have achieved”.