City Guide Kaikoura, New Zealand

Visiting Kaikoura

Found on the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, this small village is popular with travellers due to it’s various wonders and attractions. First of all there is the scenery, then whale watching and swimming with the dolphins and the area is full of wildlife. Need anything more be said?

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Kaikoura City Reviews

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    Kaikoura is a beautiful and amazing part of New Zealand. It has an awesome laid back vibe. As a town they are big on conservation and eco-tourism so if that's your thing you will love it here! You can whale watch, swim with dolphins and seals and watch Albatross fly all in their natural environment. No SeaWorld cruelty! Some decent hikes/ tramps in the area and the local restaurants do excellent Seafood, as you'd expect!

    Insider Tip:Check your change at the Strawberry Tree - They have a history of burning the tourists!

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    Seals & Whales

    I went to Kaikoura for the second time in my life. Definitely wanted to do whale watching again. Unfortunately bad weather stopped me from this.

    Insider Tip:Go to Ohau Point seal colony. On the way there is a place called Nins Bins. Its a railer on side of road. The crayfish there is delicious & fresh. Also if you're not on a tight schedule, spend a few days in Kaikoura. If your whale watching trip gets cancelled due to rain you can always do it another day when weather clears up

  • 70%


    Beautiful and Interesting

    The town is quite small but inviting and the surrounding areas are very beautiful. Having a walk around the area is a must.

    Insider Tip:Definitely go on the Peninsula walk near Kaikoura as it is a beautiful 2-3 hour walk around the coast and you might even see some wildlife (seals and penguins mainly).

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    What a cool surf town. Very small, but the beach is fun. The drive from Picton to Kaikoura is gorgeous.

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    Kaikoura - quiet but beautiful

    Kaikoura is in a beautiful setting, at the foot of snow-capped mountains on the coast. Whale-watching is a must, as is an encounter with the seals, which have a colony near the town. The cliff walk has stunning views.

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