A video of the neat places to visit in Kaikoura.

Find the best places to eat, drink, shop, and more in Kaikōura with our guide.

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12 Hour
Kaikōura City Itinerary

Beach and mountains in Kaikōura.
The best things to see, eat, and do in Kaikōura

Walking Where Ancestors Once Walked

Maurice Manawatu sat in chair.
Kaikōura
Maurice Manawatu belongs to the Ngāi Tahu hapū of Ngāti Kuri who arrived in Kaikōura many generations ago and married into the original peoples.

The Good Life: Fiona Read's Journey Back to Land and Sea

Fiona Read, and her husband Chris, in their kitchen at Hapuku Kitchen.
Kaikōura
Like most people you meet in Kaikōura, Fiona Read is extremely passionate about this special seaside town and its offerings – especially so in the culinary sense of things.

It's a Family Affair

Quintin Hislop with his mum outside BeeBox.
Kaikōura
Third generation Kaikōura local, Quintin Hislop comes from a family whose name is synonymous with wholefoods, organics, and a passion for the highest quality products.

6 Alternative Activities in Kaikōura

Man riding downhill through forest at Middle Hill MTB.
Kaikōura

From llama trekking to downhill MTB tracks, there's plenty to keep you busy in Kaikōura that doesn't involve a boat.

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The Pier Hotel

Outdoor seating area at The Pier Hotel.
Place Kaikōura
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A classic Kiwi pub and restaurant housed within an iconic nineteenth century hotel.

Strawberry Tree Kaikōura

Man standing at the bar with his children at Strawberry Tree.
Place Kaikōura
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A quirky Irish Bar and live music venue serving up some of the best grub in town.

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The Pier Hotel

Outdoor seating area at The Pier Hotel.
Place Kaikōura
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A classic Kiwi pub and restaurant housed within an iconic nineteenth century hotel.

Hapuku Lodge

Dessert with pear on the table at Hapuku Lodge. .
Place Kaikōura
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Your destination for luxurious accommodation and one of the finest dining experiences in the region.

Slam Club

Customers chatting at the counter at Slam Club.
Place Kaikōura
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A definite must visit when in town.

Strawberry Tree Kaikōura

Man standing at the bar with his children at Strawberry Tree.
Place Kaikōura
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A quirky Irish Bar and live music venue serving up some of the best grub in town.