Things to do in Kaikoura
Kaikōura is a place known for its various outdoor activities that cater for both the venturesome and the serene.
Swimming with the dolphins or watching the whale migration from on the water and in the air is a popular attraction with Kaikōura’s extensive amount of marine wildlife. The local population has has a strong connection with the sea and Kaikōura offers a variety of deep sea fishing adventures with a variety of charters.
For those seeking time to themselves to relax and take in all the beautiful scenery of Kaikōura, many bush walks and trails are located around Kaikōura.
Kaikōura is world renowned for the opportunity to whale watch, where you can observe the whales either from above in an aircraft or by boat right beside them.
The award winning Whale Watch gets you beside the whales during their migration, usually between June and August each year. While the resident pod of sperm whales, one of the few places in the world, can be seen year round feeding off the small fish, squid, & krill.
Swimming, kayaking or watching the dolphins, seals and albatross is a popular Kaikōura activity. Very rarely in New Zealand you can get such a first hand marine wildlife experience where you get this close for a once in a lifetime experience.
There are a number of local operators who offer the chance to get into the ocean with the local dolphin pod or herd of seals. While out in the sea you will also see the local seabirds.
The Kaikōura coastline and mountain range offer beautiful scenery and the range of local activities and attractions when you visit Kaikōura will mean you need to stay another day.
For those seeking time to themselves to relax and take in all the beautiful scenery of Kaikōura, many bush walks and trails are located around Kaikōura. Take the Artists’ trail and visit the historical places that made this local district or take a horse trek around the local area. For those looking for a relaxing game there is also the local 18 hole golf course on the coast.