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Kaikōura Attractions

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Attractions

New Zealand has many popular tourist destinations that continue to attract travellers from all over the world, none more charming than the small coastal town of Kaikoura.

Located 181 kilometers (2 hrs 26 mins) north of Christchurch on the South Island, Kaikoura is nestled between the Southern Alps and the South Pacific Ocean.

Whale Watch Kaikōura

Kaikoura is best described as “where wildlife takes over civilisation”. On the shore of the Pacific Ocean, the small town is a year-round destination featuring some of the most memorable experiences that New Zealand has to offer. If you are on a working holiday visa, Kaikoura would be a great place to settle for a little while. Lodged between high mountains and rich ocean life, no two days’ off would be the same. In fact, there’s so much to explore that we dedicated an entire guide to Kaikoura.

If you are only driving by, make sure to schedule enough time to embrace the area – two days should be a minimum. Take your pick of activities below to make this stopover the best one on the South Island’s east coast!

Seal Swim Kaikōura

Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikōura Peninsula, truly is a unique experience. It's one of those simple nature experiences that opens your mind to the sheer magnificence of our natural environment and its amazing inhabitants. A breath taking nature activity and recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Marine Encounters' by Lonely Planet.

Swim With Dolphins

Dolphins are some of nature’s most extraordinary and captivating creatures. And they’re even more amazing close-up. Immerse yourself in their world with Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura, an unforgettable experience in one of New Zealand’s most breath-taking destinations.

Mountain Bike

If the 8-hour hike up to Mt Fyffe is too much for you, get on a bike to get it done in half the time. Be aware that both going up and down will require skills, so if you are unsure, opt for the hiking option instead.

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