21 EPIC Things To Do In Kaikoura, New Zealand

It is very small with one main part of town and charm that only small towns can radiate.

Despite the fact that it is a small place, there is an abundance of nature, culture, food, and history options to enjoy during a visit.


The waters off the coast of Kaikoura are abundant in food for the whales, so there are a few that have made this area their homes year-round.

Go Out Whale Watching

The waters off the coast offer opportunities to catch your own dinner and you’ll find plenty of fishing charters ready to take visitors out to the best spots.

Go Fishing

Try Some Mountain Biking

You’ll have the chance to see much more and go much further than if you head out hiking and the nearby mountains are very much a playground for bikers.

Take an Albatross Spotting Tour

Local guides know where to find them, and you’ll also be given some interesting guided talks at the same time that will give you a new appreciation of the Albatross.

Kaikoura Beach is found close to town, and although much of it is pebbly, you can find sandy areas further away that make for great lounging areas.

Enjoy the Kaikoura Beach

Hapuku Lake is the newest attraction in the region, and one of the most intriguing things to do in Kaikoura.

Hapuku Lake

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