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Kaikoura in New Zealand

Enjoy delightful wildlife encounters, and crayfish delicacies at the dreamy coastal city of Kaikōura. Sitting on a dramatic peninsula, Kaikōura boasts a superb location between the snow capped Kaikōura mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. The Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway, dotted with whaling sites and historic pā (Māori defensive terrace), offers stunning cliff top vistas from various viewpoints. Get up close to whales, fur seals, and dolphins in the coastal waters, or enjoy birdwatching tours and sheep shearing shows. The state-of-the-art Kaikōura Museum showcases the region’s diverse culture and is a hub of events and exhibitions. Located on the city’s outskirts is the Lavender Farm that cultivates over 50 varieties of lavender! One can experience the region’s pioneering whaling history at the pink Fyffe House, Kaikōura’s oldest surviving building!


  • Marine Life & Birds
  • Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway
  • Crayfish & Seafood

Places to Stay

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Lemon Tree Lodge

Style: Homestay

Lemon Tree Lodge is a charming bed and breakfast located on top of dramatic limestone cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean and minutes away from downtown Kaikoura.

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Lobster Inn Motor Lodge

Style: Guest house

Lobster Inn Motor Lodge Kaikoura is a family-owned lodge nestled amid lush farmlands on a peaceful stretch of Kaikoura, and boasts superb views of the azure waters just across the road. Centrally located, it makes for an ideal base to explore Kaikoura's many attractions.

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Manakau Lodge

Style: Lodge

Manakau Lodge gets its name from its idyllic setting by a Manaku grove near the coastal town of Kaikoura. This luxury B&B lodge is wedged between rolling highlands and the seaside.

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White Morph Inn

Style: Guest house

The White Morph is a quaint oceanfront guest house sitting at the neck of Kaikoura Peninsula on the town's scenic esplanade. Enjoy amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, and the snow-capped Kaikoura mountains inland.

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