Get up close and personal to nature with a range of unforgettable experiences available, both on and off the water, from this seaside settlement.
On the east coast of the South Island, where the mountains meet the sea is Kaikoura. This marine wonderland is home to unique wildlife including whales, dolphins, seals and seabirds; all of which are possible to view year round.Kaikoura is an environmental haven and home to some of New Zealand's best eco-tourism experiences, spend a day here and you'll soon discover why.
Kaikoura is a tender port with harbour facilities at South Bay Marina and North Wharf.
South Bay Marina is 2.5km (1.6 miles) from Kaikoura township and is also the launching point for most water-based tourist operators.
Recently reconstructed, North Wharf is 2.3km (1.4 miles) from Kaikoura township.
Both provide shuttle services to the township which takes approximately 5 minutes. Pick-ups from local operators is possible by prior arrangement.
Kaikoura township is compact, making walking very easy. Many cafes, restaurants and tour operators are only a short distance from the centre of town.
Visit Kaikoura i-SITE for advice on local activities and maps of the area.
Pre-booked shuttles and day charters are available through Kaikoura shuttles and taxi Ltd(opens in new window). Contact them on +64 319 6166.