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Kaikōura (Māori: Te Ahi Kaikōura a Tama ki te Rangi) is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 1, 180 km north of Christchurch. Kaikōura became the first local authority in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve recognition by the EarthCheck Community Standard. The town has an estimated permanent resident population of 2,080 (as of June 2017). The town is the governmental seat of the territorial authority of the Kaikōura District, which is politically a part of the Canterbury region. The District has a land area of 2,046.41 km² (790.12 sq mi) and an estimated population of 3,710 inhabitants; which includes other settlements within the district such as Kekerengu, Clarence, Rakautara, Hapuku, Ocean Ridge, The Elms, Peketa, Goose Bay, Omihi and Oaro. The infrastructure of Kaikōura was heavily damaged in the 2016 Kaikoura earthquake, which also caused two deaths in the area. The sea level of the bay and surrounding region was lifted by as much as 2 metres.

Places to Visit near Kaikoura

Cullen Point Tracks

Cullen Point Coastal Track Time: 1 hr loop This beautiful loop track takes in the views of Pelorus Sound and the Havelock Township.

Cullen Point Lookout Track Time: 10 min return This short walk leads to a lookout, giving views of Mahau Sound, as well as Kaituna and Pelorus estuaries. The tracks start from a well-marked car park located 5.5 km down Queen Charlotte Drive from Havelock Township.

Pelorus Mail Boat

Join one of the last remaining ‘Genuine’ Mail Boats left in the world, still delivering mail and groceries as it has been for almost a century. Whilst we are delivering, you’ll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world. Old timers row out in dinghies to meet us, while some receive their supplies on tiny, unspoilt beaches. The people of the Marlborough Sounds are as much a part of the area as the history and majestic beauty. It really is a great way to cruise the Marlborough Sounds!

Over the winter months (May to October), we deliver on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays; and during the summer months (November to April), we deliver Monday through to Saturday. Also, during the summer months, you can join us on Sundays for our ‘Best of the Sounds Cruise’. View all cruise options now. Not only that, but we offer transfers and boat charters around the Pelorus Sound!

Join us on our mail boat for the experience of a lifetime. Let us take you on our spectacular mail run or drop you at your accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds.

Discover Hidden bays and coves – That most tourists never see

Learn the fascinating history of these characters who live way out here, far from town

See the local wildlife up close and personal and learn about the rare species in the area

Marlborough Tour Company

The company offers a range of wine tours, seafood cruises and other tours with a large range of vehicles and vessels, including luxury cars, vans, coaches, boats and launches.

Combining a great range of fleet with fantastic local staff, Marlborough Tour Company create memorable experiences in the Marlborough wine region and the Marlborough Sounds, whether a scheduled tour, private tour, corporate event, group activity or cruise ship outing.

Their vessels, MV Odyssea, MV Spirit and MV Tarquin are available for scenic cruises, lunch and dinner cruises, or a private Greenshell Mussel Cruise.

They have a range of half day and full day programs and tours suitable for conferences, partners programs and incentives. This includes wineries, breweries, arts, crafts, gardens, golf, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and more.

Tirohanga Track

It only takes about 45 minutes to reach the top lookout, before returning the way you came, or heading down the other side and returning through the streets of Picton.

Campgrounds and Parks near Kaikoura

Waves Campsite

Your gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. A slice of rural New Zealand, only minutes from Havelock Marina!

Waves Campsite in Havelock is located in the heart of the stunningly beautiful Marlborough region and offer you a perfect stop-over or longer stay.

Being about one hour from the interisland ferry, we are ideally situated for when you land on the South Island and want to clear the port and settle down to prepare for your South Island trip.

Likewise on your return trip back to the North Island, you can stay over with us and then leave to catch your ferry with only a short journey.

Waves Campsite is also a great venue for birthdays, weddings, work parties, events, and more.

Check out our facilities - we are sure you will enjoy your stay with us, and we look forward very much to welcoming you to Waves Campsite Havelock.

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Picton Campervan Park

Picton Campervan Park is the closest Picton holiday park to the ferry and town centre and is a great place to stopover when catching the ferry. Picton’s picturesque waterfront, cafes and restaurants are all within easy walking distance, and if you’re travelling by campervan or car, the ferries are less than a 2 minute drive away!

With all the above and a great climate to boot, Picton and the Marlborough Sounds should not be missed when planning your travel through New Zealand. Don’t become one of the many visitors to Picton fooled into thinking that they'll see all that the Marlborough Sounds has to offer from the brief ferry ride, only to be caught out by its spectacular beauty and left wishing they had factored more time into their itinerary to explore both Picton and this wonderful region better.

Make the most of your stay in Picton and stay at Picton Campervan Park. Take advantage of our great central location within easy walking distance to Picton’s picturesque waterfront, cafes and restaurants and the many activities and attractions that this vibrant town has to offer.

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