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Kaikoura Where to find us

Where to find us

Kaikōura is the northern-most district within the Canterbury region and is easily accessible with a 2.5hr drive from Christchurch. To the North is the port of Picton just 2hrs drive, where you can catch the ferry across to Wellington.

Kaikoura Scenic heighlights

Scenic Highlights

This is a place like nowhere else in the world - where mountains spectacularly meet the sea. Magnificent wildlife is plentiful and exciting adventures and fascinating history await you. Being New Zealand’s eco-tourism capital, it would be rude to not explore Kaikoura’s diverse landscapes and visit array of marine mammals that call this coastal village their home.

Wonderful walking and cycling trails, Cultural, Ocean, birding and tourism experiences and mystical clear dark skies draw visitors back again and again.

Kaikoura Confrence venues & facilities

Conference Venues & Facilities

Where the Mountains meet the Sea, Kaikōura is ideal for small boutique conferences & incentive groups with experiences and landscapes to ensure a memorable element to your event. There is a selection of conference venues and locations available year-round. Whether team building or rewarding those legends in your team, strengthening company and partner culture is easier in a place like Kaikōura.

Kaikōura offers up warm and friendly service and hospitality with a Southern touch. Enjoy our smorgasbord of unique accommodation providers, world class tourism experiences and exciting new meeting spaces.

Relax in our stunning Coastal environment where diversity and environment are the talking point. A mecca for active adventurers, enjoy scenic flights, ocean encounters, seafood indulgence here. Kaikōura’s compact size makes for a compelling place to make your guests feel at home.

Kaikoura Accommodation


Choose to stay in a luxury lodge, apartment, motel or boutique bed and breakfast. Kaikoura's unique location, allows stunning views of the ocean and mountains. Some locations have on-site conference facilities, and Sudima Hotel Kaikoura is intended to open in 2022 adding to our options available

Kaikoura Unforgettable experiences

Unforgettable Experiences

Head out on a whale watching tour to encounter the giant Sperm whale, swim with some of the friendliest and acrobatic dolphins in the world or jump in a helicopter and enjoy a scenic flight over this picturesque slice of paradise –we definitely recommend a sunrise heli-picnic in the Kaikoura ranges. See a full list of things to do in Kaikōura here.

Looking for somewhere for dinner? You can’t leave Kaikōura without sampling some of our fresh locally caught seafood. Head to the Pier Restaurant for a seafood platter or down to one of the local bars in the town centre to soak up the atmosphere.

Head out for a scenic flight, go biking or hiking.

Wake up to mother nature with a beautiful sunrise stroll along the esplanade and pop into one of our stunning cafésfor a breakfast with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the magnificent Seaward Kaikōura Mountain range.

Why Kaikoura?

  • The Beauty of the place
  • Our new meeting spaces
  • Seafood mecca of the South Island
  • Southern hospitality
  • The Unique offering of Kaikōura
  • The accessibility from Marlborough or Christchurch, a short scenic drive
  • The range of experiences on offer
Photo Credits: Bare Kiwi, Andrew Spencer, Luci Williams