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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


Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment, which is both innovative and visually stunning. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted ‘trench art’ through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself.

Located just minutes from the centre of Blenheim, Omaka opens daily from 10am-4pm, offering exclusive merchandise and great coffee.

EcoWorld Picton Aquarium

Touch a Living Fossil (Tuatara). Get Up Close to a Penguin. Have fun discovering amazing animals that live in New Zealand, “the youngest land in the world”.. We help you discover, have fun, sharing with you some of New Zealand's amazing native animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

EcoWorld Picton Aquarium is home to many different fish species from the Marlborough Sounds, as well as Little Blue penguins, Mystical Seahorse, Ancient Tuatara, Giant Weta, Lizards, Turtles and Kakariki.

Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

Built in 1853, the Edwin Fox is the 9th oldest ship in the world and is in the process of being restored.

Now on permanent display in Picton, New Zealand. Learn all about her fascinating round the world adventures and her checkered history from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter.

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

Campgrounds and Parks near Kaikoura


Bay of Many Coves Campsite

In Arthur's Bay

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Mountain biking is no permitted on the section between Meretoto/Ship Cove and Kenepuru Saddle from 1 December to 28 February each year.

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Smiths Farm Holiday Park

If you desire the space, peace and the health giving properties of clean country air, then Smiths Farm Holiday Park is the place for you.

Situated on a working beef farm, Smiths Farm is a modern holiday park, central to Sounds attractions & scenic Marlborough. 4km from Queen Charlotte Track. 3km from safe swimming beaches. On site attractions include farm animals, farm walks, glowworms (please arrive before dark)Tranquil private setting & friendly, courteous service. Sea kayaking and mountain biking nearby.

Flat powered and non powered sites are ideal for campers, caravans and campervans. If you require accommodation Smiths Farm has a range from Standard cabins, through to self contained units and motels.

There are a number of farm and bush walks highlighting the natural history and the farming heritage of the area to explore during your stay.

Smiths Farm has a high speed internet connection that guests can access for checking email, planning your activities and general browsing.

* Family Friendly

* Range of Wonderful Walks

* Sea Kayaking and Mountainbike Adventures

* Quiet Rural Haven

* Waterfall

* Pet animals

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