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Kaikoura Holidays

Located a two hour commute north from Christchurch on the South Island’s north-eastern coast, holidays to Kaikoura mean a seaside spot ideal for travellers exploring both the North and South Islands, or day trippers from the city.

Best known for its world-class whale watching opportunities and easy-access to view many other marine species, this little village with some truly stunning scenery between the Seaward Kaikoura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, has a lot to offer in the way of scenic coastal walks and unique views – Kaikoura is certainly one town not to be bypassed!

Unique Wildlife

Kaikoura holidays have a talent for encounters with marine mammals with year-round sightings of sperm whales. Also keep your camera at the ready for opportunities to also spot dolphins, seals, penguins and the mighty albatross, all calling the area their home – and even better if you can book a sighting by boat or flight. You can also get up close with the resident seals and dolphins on a private swimming session in the shallow waters of Kaikoura Peninsula.

Things to do in Kaikoura

While visiting Kaikoura, make the most of the town’s stunning location and meander the peninsula walkways to soak up the grand ocean views from the cliff tops. Or, for a trek with a difference, make like the locals and trek from the beach, through the woodlands and to the riverbed with a friendly, woolly llama for company.

As well as being the perfect base for seeing some of the best marine life you will ever see, Kaikoura is also the seafood capital of New Zealand. We recommend trying some of the local specialties such as grouper, cod, mussels, paua, and the town’s namesake – crayfish.

What to do in Kaikoura

Take a look at all the escorted tours and excursions on offer for your next trip to Kaikoura.

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Places to stay in Kaikoura

From self-catered apartments to all-inclusive luxury hotels, find the ideal accommodation for your Kaikoura holiday.

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Cultural New Zealand

Cultural New Zealand

18 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £4,459 per person

Soak up New Zealand's Maori culture and history, sample delicious wines and relax in the picturesque Bay of Islands.

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Beaches & boats
  • City sights
  • Culture & history
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives
  • Wildlife & nature

South Island Wanderer

15 Day Suggested Itinerary
From £2,889 per person

Spot whales at Kaikoura, see albatross and yellow eyed penguins on the Otago Peninsula, and taste the award-winning wines of Marlborough on this self drive through the South!

Great for
  • Adventure
  • Food & wine
  • Self-drives

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Queenstown

Queenstown Holidays

Wanaka

Wanaka Holidays

West Coast and Glaciers

West Coast and Glaciers Holidays

Marlborough Sounds Picton

Picton and Marlborough Sounds Holidays

Te Anau Fiordland

Te Anau and Fiordland Holidays

Nelson Abel Tasman National Park

Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park Holidays

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