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Kaikoura is a beautiful small town on the coast 2.5 hours north of Christchurch. Located right beside the ocean it has an abundance of marine and bird life. A popular holiday area for native New Zealanders it is also now popular with tourists. Great fishing, diving and surfing. Whale watching.

The rugged coastline north and south of Kaikoura - from Oaro in the south to Clarence River bridge in the north is magical.



There are several backpacker hostels in town.


  • Commercial camp grounds in town and at Goose Bay to the south.

Freedom camping

  • Freedom camping with an ocean view is permitted at Hapuku about 15km north of Kaikoura. Toilet, no water, no charge! Watch the sunrise over the ocean.

Things to do


The most popular surf spots are Mangamanu and Meatworks - both approximately 15km north of Kaikoura town.

Whale watching


Seal colony