Things to Do in Kaikoura

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  • Katherine T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would highly recommend doing at least part of this walk while visiting Kaikoura. The full loop that we did (starting and ending in the town center of Kaikoura) easily takes about 5-6 hours. There are multiple tracks--one along the top of the cliffs and the other down along the shoreline. We started along the lower shoreline track from the car park at the end of Fyffe Quay (Point McKean), which had amazing view of seals (literally hundreds) at about 10 minutes into the walk. After continuing on the shoreline track for about an hour (and continuing to see more seals and sea birds), the track ran out (or was washed out), so we had to double back and climb up the connecting track to the cliff track at Whaler's Bay Lookout. We then continued along the cliff track for the rest of the loop to the South Bay Reserve car park. There is a pedestrian walkway (Tom's Track) that connects from South Bay Pde back to the town center. We enjoyed the whole walk, but the most scenic parts are close to the car parks on both ends. If you have a car and are interested in doing a shorter version, I would consider driving and parking at the Fyffe Quay car park to explore the lower shoreline track and seal colony near Point McKean. Then, I would drive over to the South Bay Reserve car park and walk up to the cliff track to explore some of the views there. If you are an avid trekker, I would say to go for the full loop!
    Written April 1, 2024
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  • Michael C
    Derby, UK2,020 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This seal colony can easily be viewed from the road. We saw about dozen seals, including several pups. all basking on the rocks. It was a thrilling experience to see these animals close-up.
    Written March 13, 2024
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  • Michael C
    Derby, UK2,020 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a very pleasant afternoon on this peninsula. There were quite a few seals basking on the rocks which we were able to observe from a respectful distance. In addition to the seals there were lots of black-back gulls and red-bill gulls to be seen.
    Written March 13, 2024
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  • Happiness34127439032
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pete did a fantastic job explaining and showing us all there is to know about sheep and shearing. Highly recommended for families. The view from the shearing shed was incredible!
    Written October 12, 2023
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  • Theresa D
    Perth, Australia1,055 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well explained social history of Kaikoura
    Displays are well labelled and walking in a clockwise direction you can good a good sense of the history here including the 2016 earthquake and arrive back at the small but interesting gift shop.
    I was lucky to be at the museum when there was a special display of a local expert on shells- Bev. Photos of a day in her life are on the walls and in the centre of the room is a beaut collection of part of her shell collection.
    Written March 12, 2024
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  • Ann T
    Pascoe Vale, Australia1,443 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fyffe House is the oldest colonial building in the South Island. We were introduced to the museum by an enthusiastic young woman who gave us a personal guided tour of this interesting pink weather board house which was built on the bones of whales (literally) between 1844 and 1860 and has been the home of a whaler, a harbour master, a fisherman and their families. Worth a visit.
    Written March 16, 2023
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  • Gill O
    Ascot, UK633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow. Absolutely fabulous views all over Kaikoura. Definitely worth a visit on a clear day. Very windy as so high so go prepared!
    Written December 12, 2023
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  • JulieBlenheim
    Blenheim, New Zealand11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've driven past for years and finally stopped in. Enjoyed the talk and tour with Bary our knowledgeable and engaging guide.
    Written October 22, 2016
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  • _lindy101nz
    Christchurch, New Zealand16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for solo travellers! Had. Wonderful 2 days hiking through farmland, native bush and the coast. Had 4 seasons in a day! I am moderately fit and found in challenging. Take sturdy boots! Very welcoming hosts. Accomodation has everything you need. Great value.
    Written March 21, 2024
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  • KWeeks
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My husband and I had the best experience at Mt Fyffe! We learned so much about how she’s gives so much love and time into her Gin. She truly loves making gin and it shows in her product! Best Gin I have ever had so happy we stopped in and got to experience this!
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • AlaskanDraco
    Soldotna, AK14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I stayed briefly with the owners, wasn't my favorite. But if you want a couple of quick hours of fun riding and maybe some downhill kicks, then stop in and check this place out. My advice...remember where the brake is at...lol. Kia Ora
    Written January 12, 2016
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  • Ann T
    Pascoe Vale, Australia1,443 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    It's really curious to read all the the previous reviews because we had a very positive experience with the person who served us at the Farm shop. Admittedly, she wasn't there when we arrived and even calling out didn't work. We were about to leave some cash money for the beautiful alpaca merino scarf we wanted to buy when she appeared. She was friendly and engaging and we successfully made our purchase amongst all the lavender products.
    Written March 16, 2023
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