Whale tales and seaside adventures: Kid friendly activities in Kaikōura

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Looking for things to do with the kids in Kaikōura? You've come to the right place.

Esses Wine Company

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Nestled next to the foothills of the Kaikōura ranges with stunning views of Mt Fyffe and beyond, Esses Wine Company’s vineyard might just sit in one of the most...

Hiku

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Hiku sits directly at the water's edge in the heart of Kaikōura. The restaurant, along with the Sudima Hotel it shares the space with, opened its doors in September 2022.

The Store Kekerengu

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A top stop spot on the drive from Kaikōura to Marlborough, The Store Kekerengu provides some of the best cafe scenery and incomparable sea views.

Slam Club

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Famous for its toasted sandwiches, Slam Club is the favourite destination for foodies passing through town.

Hapuku Lodge

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Your destination for luxurious accommodation and one of the finest dining experiences in the region.

The Pier Hotel

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A classic Kiwi pub and restaurant housed within an iconic nineteenth century hotel.

Strawberry Tree Kaikōura

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A quirky Irish Bar and live music venue serving up some of the best grub in town.

Zephyr

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Quality food in a relaxed yet stylish environment.

Kaikōura Seafood BBQ

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One the most affordable spots in town for getting your hands on world famous crayfish.

Nins Bin

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The classic Kaikōura destination for seafood.

Sime's Kitchen

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Be prepared to be delighted.

Karaka Lobster

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Impossible to miss.

The People Behind the Places: Meet the Food and Drink Heroes of Kaikōura

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Come hungry, thirsty and with plenty of suitcase space as this new look food and drink scene won’t disappoint.

Kaikōura Fine Foods

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Pop in to gather a few special treats for the pantry.

Hapuku Kitchen

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A food and nature lover’s wonderland.

Emporium Brewing

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Emporium Brewing is a much-loved local brewery that will happily bring you pints and burgers to your heart's content.

Coopers Catch

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For the quintessentially Kiwi experience: fish and chips by the seaside.

Sample Seafood and Other Indulgent Eats Across Kaikōura's Humble Culinary Scene

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With an abundance of seafood at their fingertips, it's no surprise Kaikōura has a bunch of culinary delights across town.

Flo & Co.

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Visit for the great aesthetics and damn good coffee.

Beach House Café

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A true local’s favourite.