See & Do Kaikoura - Indoor and Outdoor Activites

Where the mountains meet the sea. Eco friendly Kaikoura is an ideal place to relax and enjoy the natural beauty for a few days. The most beautiful sunrises and sunsets, the colours of the sea, the hinterland with the deep green of the bush and grass and the often snow-capped mountains are legendary and memorable. Visitors from all over the world are attracted by watching whales and swim with dolphins and seals

Of course there are many more attractions and activities in and around the town. Kaikoura also offers some outstanding arts and crafts galleries, excellent Gourmet restaurants with local wines and seafood. There are also many knowledgeable, land-based tour operators. Kaikoura a wonderful place, full of heart, soul and spirit. A place to relax for a few days and recharge the batteries!

Land Based Activities

Kaikoura has a variety of activities to offer – easy for a “3 Day Stay” and longer.

Art Galleries

Ten Art Galleries/ studios mostly scattered through the surroundings of Kaikoura and a few in the centre are creating an array of interesting works of art such as pottery, jewellery, paintings, tattoos, sculptures. Take an “Art Trail” brochure from the Visitor Centre or one of the Art Galleries.

Cafe, Dining and Wine

Many restaurant casual and fine dinning also, offer local products such as seafood, venison, beef, etc and of course excellent wines of the region. Visitors can find some charming Cafés with great coffee and homemade products.


Go for a bike ride, play tennis or squash. Join a group to play golf or bowling or enjoy a horse ride along the coast or near the mountains. On a squad- biking safari you can experience spectacular views.

Health & Wellbeing

A number of businesses offer services for your health, relaxation and wellbeing.


There are many amazing walkways, but especially the Peninsula walk, allow you to experience some of the best scenery this country has to offer. A place not to be missed is the famous "Kaikoura Lookout", just a 5 minutes walk from our place. In case you are more ambitious “The Wilderness Walks” and “The Kaikoura Coast Track” are guided tours on private land with breathtaking views and an amazing bird world. Take a brochure for more information.

Glenstrae Farm 4WD Adventures

Unforgettable guided off-road tours through native bush, withmagnificent views of the Kaikoura coast near Christchurch New Zealand...
The opportunity to see spectacular views of the rugged Kaikoura coastline, Hamuri Bluffs and see the seals! Ride your own 4 wheeler bike or enjoy a guided ATV tour in the 8 wheel Argo. Glenstrae Farm

Maori Tours Kaikoura

Meaningful experiences specially designed to give you insight into Maori culture, history, traditions and spiritual values as well an understanding of the powerful links to the natural world. Maori Tours Kaikoura

Water Based Activities

Whales other and Sealife

The Pacific Ocean attracts many sea mammals to live here, because of the 2000m deep canyon and a rich marine life. Tourists have great opportunities to see whales in their natural environment and swim with the playful Dusky Dolphins and seals.

Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin Encounter takes you to swim with the dusky dolphins in theirnatural environment, or watch their acrobatic displays from the comfort of our boat. The pod sizes of the resident dusky dolphins range in the hundreds along the Kaikoura coastline and there is an impressive success rate in locating these marine mammals. Dolphin Encounter

Kaikoura Helicopters World of Whales

Flying by helicopter is a magical sensation and Kaikoura Helicopters offers New Zealand's only helicopter whale watching experience.  In just a few minutes you can be out in the whale watching area, or flying around some of New Zealand's highest mountains. World of Whales

Whale Watch Kaikoura

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only marine-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the Giant Sperm Whale at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily. Whalewatch

Wings over Whales

While you are in New Zealand head for Kaikoura and go whale aeroplane! It's the best way to view whales and mountains while in New Zealand..
In a typical 30 minute flight you will see the majestic Sperm Whale preparing for his next dive and up to 500 Dusky Dolphins playfully swimming. Occasional sightings include Southern Right, Humpback, Fin, Sei, Brydes, Pilot, Southern Bottlenose and Blue Whales. Other, less frequent, visitors to the area include Common, Hectors, Risso's and Southern Right Whale Dolphins, and Orca. Wings over Whales

Albatross Encounter

Made famous by resident whales and dolphins, Kaikoura's best kept secret is its incredible diversity of pelagic (ocean going) birds. Kaikoura is the albatross capital of the world with up to 14 different species visiting the area throughout the year.
The most amazing and unique feature of Kaikoura is the huge range of albatross and pelagic birds that can be sighted within just a 15 minute boat journey from the coast, making many normally inaccessible and elusive species easily reachable. Albatross Encounter

Kaikoura Kayaks

Come & catch up with the locals of the marine kind in a Sea Kayak!
Stay warm & dry in your enclosed kayak while wearing the paddle jacket & gear that is all provided.Whether you want to paddle with the marine life, go kayak fishing, hire your own boat or up skill your paddling through the kayak school its all at Kaikoura Kayaks.

Seal Swim Kaikoura

Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura 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. You won’t believe how curious, friendly and playful New Zealand Fur Seals can be in the water. Seal Swim Kaikoura