Many of our trips pass through the Kaikoura region and enjoy the amazing wildlife often viewed with a stunning mountain backdrop reaching right to the coast. For those joining a tour passing through Kaikoura heres a taste of what you will be up to.

About the Kaikoura area:

There aren’t many places in the world that can boast of such natural wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura. Located on a rocky peninsula, projected from lush farmland just beneath the Southern Alps, Kaikoura is the site of New Zealand’s iconic whale-watching and also home to a plethora of marine wildlife including dolphins, seals and an abundance of bird life.

It gains its name from Maori heritage; ‘Kaikoura’ literally translating to ‘eat (kai) crayfish (koura) due to the thriving population of rock lobster along the coast that initially attracted Maori settlement over 900 years ago. Too bad if your taste buds aren’t tantalized by the thought of this delicacy and if you haven't had the honor of tasting crayfish before - you’re in for a treat! The remains of several ancient Maori settlement or ‘pa’ sites can be viewed along the famous peninsula walk. They add to the area’s rich history and Maori heritage, more of which can be learnt more about just by taking a stroll down the main street of town where numerous galleries and cafes also service the curious.

Optional activities:

  • Whale Watching
  • Dolphin swimming
  • Dolphin Viewing
  • Helicopter Whale Watch
  • Sea Kayaking

Walk options:

The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is an absolute must! 1.5 hours each way of incredible coastal and Kaikoura ranges outlook as well as seeing New Zealand Fur Seals on either side. Plenty of photo opportunity as you go from one side of Kaikoura bay to the other, it's a great walk with expansive views.

Cycle options:

A range of Oceanside road rides varying in lengths but including points of interest such as local surfing spots and habitats for the NZ Fur Seals.