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The Ultimate Day In Kaikōura

Credit: Meghan Maloney Photography

Explore The Coastal Town Of Kaikōura

Where the mountains meet the sea! Kaikōura is blessed with vast marine wildlife, delicious seafood, passionate locals and scenic hiking tracks.

The coastal town of Kaikōura is a marine and eco-tourism mecca. The deep sea canyon is a haven for whales, dolphins, seals and albatrosses. As the name Kaikōura suggests, (Kai = food and Koura = Crayfish) there's lots of seafood to indulge in. Be sure to stop for local crayfish at the Seafood BBQ Kiosk on the way to the peninsula seal colony.

The popular Peninsula Walkway is not only great exercise but offers breath-taking views. Get out and explore on one of the many tours or if taking it easy is more your thing, then a visit to the Kaikōura Museum is a must-do to learn all about the history of the area.

Photo Opportunities

  • Be sure to capture a shot of snow-capped mountains meeting the Pacific Ocean.
  • The iconic whale tail snap. Don't leave Kaikōura without it!
  • Walk up Mt Fyffe for an epic landscape image of Kaikōura Peninsula.
  • Be the envy of your friends and followers with foodie grams of fresh crayfish.
  • Capture cute and cuddly seals sunbathing on the beach.
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Insider Tips

  • Heading north from Christchurch to Kaikōura on a Saturday? Amberley’s Farmers Market is well worth the stop for fresh local produce and artisan products.
  • The Haumuri Bluffs, south of Kaikōura is the perfect spot for fossil hunters.
  • Check out the baby seals at the Ohau Point Seal colony lookout.
  • If you're looking for great coffee, the Beach House Cafe has you sorted. 

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