Kaikoura is a region blessed with unforgettable marine life in a coastal playground. The iconic whale-watching activity it provides is amongst New Zealand’s most famous experiences.

Around the Kaikoura Region

At Kaikoura, rugged mountains drop to the ocean, where you can encounter marine wildlife from albatrosses to seals and whales, and feast on local seafood such as crayfish.

Regional Destinations

Kaikoura Famous for its abundant marine wildlife and encounters and kaimoana (seafood). Kekerengu A tiny coastal locality that’s a favourite of campers and home to a popular pit-stop café by the Pacific.


Take an unforgettable whale-watching boat trip to see these giants of the deep. Go kayaking amongst playful wild seals with an expert guide. See magnificent albatrosses in their natural environment. Taste delicious crayfish fresh from the sea at a seaside caravan. Experience Kaikoura’s Māori culture on a guided tour.

Nature at its Best

Drive along the Kaikoura Coast and you may be transfixed by the pounding surf, or on other occasions the sight of soft mist hanging over an ocean that can appear as flat and shiny as a 50 cent coin. It’s an otherworldly atmosphere that makes it easy to imagine behemoth whales surfacing offshore and seals and dolphins cavorting in the kelp forests.