Visit Kaikoura with Mighway

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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

Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura

In amongst the varied and vibrant sea life found off Kaikoura is the spectacular dusky dolphin, found in pods of up to several hundred strong and one of the most delightfully exuberant characters of the Southern Ocean.

Dolphin Encounter operates tours by boat up to three times per day for swimming with or watching these magnificent dolphins.

Dolphin Encounter provides the opportunity for you to go swim and watch wild dusky dolphins in their natural environment off the coast of Kaikoura, New Zealand. Tours have two options, watching or swimming, with both options occurring on the same boats. Whether you choose to view from the boat or join the dolphins in the ocean, you will have a unique experience that will stay with you for a lifetime!

Kaikoura Kayaks

Summer is here and we have had some amazing encounters with the Fur Seals, Blue Penguins and Dusky Dolphins along the Kaikoura coastline.

Stay warm and dry in your enclosed Sea Kayak with the Kokatat Jacket, and spray skirt that we provide. Come catch up with the locals of the marine kind with us today! Whether you want to hire your own kayak, paddle with the marine life, or up skill through our kayak school all your dreams can be fulfilled at Kaikoura Kayaks. The curious NZ Fur Seals, Dusky Dolphins and Blue Penguins are only a few paddle strokes away and our local guides would love to introduce you to them around the Kaikoura Peninsula.

Our hassle free, Eco Friendly sea kayak tours offer a safe, enjoyable, interactive experience with little effort and a whole lot of good fun. You can also hire sea kayaks from us. Have the freedom of discovering the Kaikoura Peninsula and its marine life by hiring one of our top quality sea kayaks. We will set you up in the best area for paddling.

Dive Kaikoura

The Kaikoura coastline is abundant with sea life, making diving with Dive Kaikoura an unforgettable experience. They will take you to explore the kelp forests and limestone reefs, home to octopus, crayfish, encrusting sponges and intricate invertebrates all competing for space on the rocky reefs. As a 5 Star PADI Dive Centre, the professional team will provide you with a safe and fun environment to learn to dive.

Dive Kaikoura are passionate about our coastline and look forward to telling you all about it! Large sea mammals such as Sperm Whales, Dolphins and NZ Fur Seals have made this region their home and so have they - join their journey too.

Campgrounds and Parks near Kaikoura

Watson's Way Backpackers

Welcome to Watson's Way, a welcoming, traveler-focused Lodge nestled in a secluded garden in Renwick, 10 minutes from Blenheim.

Located in the heart of Marlborough's wine area, you're invited to relax in one of our double en-suite rooms, dorms or camp out in your van or tent. If you're going wine tasting Watson's Way is the best place to stay. Renwick is recognised as the best location to start a tour of some of the region's most prestigious wineries and vineyards. We also offer discounted rates for the wine bike trails.

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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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