Kaikoura Attractions

and Activities

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Our holiday park accommodation in the seaside town of Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand is centrally located to sea & land adventures and attractions including the well-known Whale Watch.

Kaikoura is one of the most breathtaking locations in the South Island, New Zealand, situated on a rugged peninsula which thrusts into the Pacific Ocean from the edge of a spectacular mountain range. This is an amazing natural environment offering a range of exciting sea, land, wildlife, cultural and sporting adventures and attractions. Home of New Zealand’s whale watching.

Your best choice of holiday park accommodation with a great central location to whale watch and town. A long soak in one of our hot pools or a refreshing summer splash in our heated pool is the perfect way to relax after a day of adventure. 

albatrossKaikoura is located half way between Christchurch and Picton on the rugged east coast of the South Island of New Zealand where the rocky coastline meets with the majestic Kaikoura mountain range.

Kaikoura is a fantastic year round destination and well known for its magnificent marine life. Tour operators such as ‘Whale Watch Kaikoura’ will take you out with a guarantee to view the mighty sperm whales that are just a short distance from the coastline by purpose built boats, an unforgettable experience as you witness the whale tail farewell as they dive to the depths. ‘Wings over Whales’ and ‘Kaikoura Helicopters’ offer scenic flights over Kaikoura to see the whales from the air above giving a different perspective of them on the surface, resting before diving, an incredible sight.  

‘Dolphin Encounter’ and ‘Albatross Encounter’ offer friendly tours to see marine life such as seals and birdlife and the opportunity to swim with resident Dusky dolphins, known for their huge pods, acrobatic leaps and interactive behaviour with swimmers in their natural environment. See the Royal Albatross in flight and on the water with ‘Albatross Encounter’ which gets you closer to a wide array of sea birdlife than anywhere else in New Zealand. Other popular sea tours are ‘Kaikoura Kayaks’. Hire a kayak to go exploring the coastline yourself or join a guided tour to see seals close up, dusky dolphins and sometimes whales and orcas as they cruise close to the coastline. Want to get wet then join the guys at ‘SealSwim’ and interact with seals in calm, sheltered conditions, very personal and awesome!!

Sperm-WhaleFor those who want to stay on land there is plenty to do. Walking the coastal tracks is a favourite, viewing the seals basking in the sun and the many birds who make their homes on the Kaikoura Peninsula. If mountain walking is your thing, there are many walks taking in the beautiful New Zealand bush then climbing into the alpine regions. These can be done with experienced guides from Walks Kaikoura or freedom walking at your own pace.  Visit ‘Springbank Estate’ Winery at the bottom of Mt. Fyfe, and take in the beautiful aromas at the Kaikoura Lavender Farm. Quad biking adventure at ‘Glenstrae’s’ 1600 acre working farm is a favourite that shows you scenic panoramas along the coast and over rugged farm land. When visiting Ohau Point Seal Colony, don’t forget your camera. Watch the seal pups here from April through to October, they really are adorable.  In the winter months put on the skis and snowboards and head for Mt. Lyford, great uncrowded slopes to ski.

Kaikoura township has many restaurants, cafe’s, bars and shopping to suit all types of travellers. The perfect place to stay is Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park so very centrally located with accommodation to suit all styles of traveller.

Kaikoura is abundant in activities and attractions,  something to do for everyone. 


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Whale Watching trips in Kaikoura

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Kaikoura is world renowned for it’s abundant marine life. Whale Watch Kaikoura is one of the most popular tourist attractions and ranked in the top 101 must do’s in New Zealand. View the mighty Sperm Whale from boats that have been custom designed for whale watching and ensuring passenger comfort with a team of friendly skippers and guides experienced at interacting with the whales and other marine life.




Swim with Dolphins in Kaikoura

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 Dolphin Encounter tours in Kaikoura provide boat trips to swim with the dolphins or view the huge pods of Dusky dolphins in the wild as they perform playful acrobatic jumps and high speed manoeuvres in these marine rich waters of the Kaikoura coast, providing an exhilarating experience to the visitor all set in a natural environment with a backdrop of the snow capped Kaikoura ranges. 

Whale Watching Flights Kaikoura

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Arieal whale watching is an all year round activity in Kaikoura, and Wings over Whales have a 95% success rate of seeing Sperm whales and other whale species. There is no better way to experience seeing whales than from above as they prepare for their next dive to the ocean depths, large pods of dusky dolphins can also be seen and the last part of the flight takes you over Kaikoura, taking in the backdrop of the snow capped mountains of the Kaikoura Ranges.

Sea Kayaking trips Kaikoura

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Matt from Kaikoura Kayaks offers self hire or half day guided kayak tours to paddle with local marine life. Get an up close and down low experience with seals  and paddle with them as they dive and manoeuver around you hunting for octopus. As you paddle along the Kaikoura coastline there are chance encounters with ‘Hector’ and ‘Dusky’ dolphins and hundreds of pelagic birds. On occasions Orca may be seen cruising through the shallows in this fabulous natural environment.

Albatross Encounters Kaikoura

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Kaikoura’s best kept secret is it’s incredible diversity of pelagic (ocean going) birds. There are 17 species of albatross that frequent the coastal Kaikoura waters. The Kaikoura Albatross Encounter tour is an unbelievable experience which takes you to feed the many pelagic species of seabirds including the majestic albatross that visit the Kaikoura coastline. Watch them squabble over food and see who dominates. Albatross Encounter gets you up close and personal to the largest wingspan in the world!. A fantastic trip for birdwatchers and photography enthusiasts.

Kaikoura Fishing Charters & trips 

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Kaikoura is known as a fishing town and owner/operator fisherman ‘Tomo’ knows the fishing grounds off the Kaikoura coast better than most. He offers 1 hour to full day fishing charters catering from the experienced fisherman to the novice with all training provided and top Penn quality fishing gear and bait supplied. All fish is filleted and prepared ready for cooking or you can choose to catch and release.

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Swim with the Seals in Kaikoura

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Seals are abundant in Kaikoura and it’s a very special experience to enter into their world and swim with them. For a breath taking nature activity, try snorkelling in the shallow waters of the Kaikoura coastline with New Zealand fur seals in their natural environment. 
Seal Swim Kaikoura offer tours where you will be part of an intimate group of like minded adventurers, kitted out with warm wetsuits and guided from our boat based or land based adventures the guides will introduce into the seals world.

Kaikoura Quad Bike Adventures

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Ride your own 4 wheeler bike or sit back and be driven in an argo with ‘Glenstrae Quad Bike Adventures’ providing a unforgettable guided off-road tour through native bush on their 1600 acre working sheep farm. Magnificent views of the rugged Kaikoura coast and panoramic views of the snow capped Kaikoura mountains and the Hamuri Bluffs. See an array of birdlife and seals! No experience is required as full tuition is given.

Diving trips with Dive Kaikoura NZ

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Dive Kaikoura offers some of the best Diving tours in New Zealand, our professional dive guides will ensure your dive is enjoyable and safe, experiencing the best of Kaikoura’s undersea marine wildlife with every dive being unique and different. Each dive site is chosen for its diversity of its marine life being suitable. Whether you are newly certified, or an old hand at diving, Dive Kaikoura offer a diving experience you are unlikely to forget!

Whale Watch Kaikoura Helicopters

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Experience the ultimate way to see Kaikoura from the air, explore the rugged Kaikoura coastline and the towering peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges. On our ‘whale watch’ flights you get to see just how big the entire whale is as we hover and orbit above them, see large pods of dusky dolphins or if you have a sense of adventure then experience our other scenic flights ‘Grand Alpine’ – ‘Alpine Explorer’ – ‘To the Top’ or ‘Heli White Water Rafting’ combo, ‘Heli/Hike’ and ‘Heli/picnic’.


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