Where is Kaikoura?

Located two hours north of Christchurch and famous for the plethora of marine life that resides in the waters here, Kaikoura is the most northern district in the Canterbury region of New Zealand.

Explore Kaikoura

Whales, Dolphins, Albatross, Penguins and fur seals make the area popular with wildlife enthusiasts and there are plenty of Whale Watching tours and Dolphin Encounters that will take you out on the water to see the spectacular sea life close up.

Don’t Miss

  • An easy walk along the Kaikoura Walkway
  • A chance to see a majestic sperm whale in its natural habitat
  • Seeing the seal pups at Ohau waterfalls
  • An encounter with wild dolphins

Learn more about the history of the town in Kaikoura Museum or visit one of the numerous galleries to peruse the pottery and jewellery of local artisans and find some souvenirs to take home.

The Kaikoura region is a dream for keen walkers, with plenty of excellent tracks and trails to explore. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway  takes you across the Peninsulas cliff top with some great views out over the coastlines and is one of our favourites.

Kaikoura actually means ‘Meal of Crayfish’ so you must make sure you pay a visit to one of the iconic roadside stalls to sample some of the area’s most famous seafood speciality. Straight out the sea, you’ll never taste seafood as fresh as this!

Planning a Holiday to New Zealand?

Got questions about Kaikoura or planning your holiday to New Zealand? Whether you’re a first-time visitor or making a return, there’s no-one better equipped to help you plan the perfect holiday to New Zealand. Every member of our team has travelled the country extensively, with many living there for several years.

We specialise in planning tailor-made itineraries focused on your personal interests. Want to have a chat? Our team are always on standby ready to answer any questions you may have. Talk to someone now by calling +44 (0) 1636 813 544. Alternatively, email us at or use our handy contact form to request a call back.

Insider Tips

Lee, one of Whale Watch Kaikoura’s team, advises that the best time of the day to book is on the morning tours as the sea conditions are generally calmer, with any inclement weather tending to arrive in the afternoon. She also advises taking motion sickness tablets prior to the tour to help alleviate the risk of sea sickness.