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Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a town in the Kaikoura District, in the Canterbury Region on New Zealand's South Island. The town has about 2,200 inhabitants and is a popular place in the country to go out on the ocean for whale- and dolphin watching.

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Kaikoura
Seaward Kaikoura Range
swimming pair
seal close
Sunrise near Kaikora
Lamb

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YHA Kaikoura

YHA Kaikoura

An amazingly well-equipped kitchen, including many spices, was the highlight for us in this hostel. Lovely rooms and building. Staff availability was a bit hit-and-miss, but friendly when there. Location is halfway between town and the seal colony, which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. ... more

Overall
4
Fish Tank Lodge

Fish Tank Lodge

Apart from having one of our beds in the dorm double booked it was a great stay. The owner made every effort ot rectify the situation, and was hospitable, which made all the difference to our stay ... more

Overall
4

Kaikoura Discussions

  • NZ - whale watching
    Kaikoura (about three hours north of Christchurch on the East Coast of the South Island). The town is practically built upon whale-watching. (it's on a peninsula which leads straight to a really deep trough ...

  • 2-Week Itinerary for NZ opinions?
    Hi, I am going to tour NZ in a campervan with my girlfriend over 2 weeks.... this is my route. Queenstown (2 nights) Mt Cook Village (1 night) Christchurch (2 nights) Kaikoura (1 night) Wellington (2 ...

  • Christchurch
    goto akaroa and kaikoura to be amazed by whales, and you can swim with seals and sharks. cheers-cara ...

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Kaikoura Blog Entries

  • Kaikoura
    In Kaikoura liggen de zeehonden voor het oprapen, toch worden we gewaarschuwd niet tussen hen en de zee te komen. ...
    Posted in J & A (test) by Jdaams

  • Kaikoura
    Our bus ride down the east coast of the south island lead us to Kaikoura. It's a small coastal ...
    Posted in My Kiwi Trip by Sikhamsay

  • Kaikoura
    When planning the passing to Northern Island one has to think about ferry and book it beforehand, sometimes 1-2 days (like we did), sometimes weeks in advance. Kaikoura lies 2h away from Picton, which small distance so we decided to stay in Kaikoura and leave for Picton on Monday. The Sunday in Kaikoura ...
    Posted in AU & NZ by Minuano

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Albatross Backpacker Inn
87 %

Albatross Backpacker Inn

1 Torquay St (Map) - Hostel
Fish Tank Lodge
86 %

Fish Tank Lodge

86 West End (Map) - Hostel
Apart from having one of our beds in the dorm double booked it was a great stay.
YHA Kaikoura
85 %

YHA Kaikoura

270 Esplanade (Map) - Hostel
An amazingly well-equipped kitchen, including many spices, was the highlight for us in this hostel. Lovely rooms and building. Staff availability was a bit hit-and-miss, but friendly when there.
The Lazy Shag
84 %

The Lazy Shag

37 Beach Road (Map) - Hostel
Dolphin Lodge Backpackers
82 %

Dolphin Lodge Backpackers

15 Deal Street Kaikoura (Map) - Hostel
Dusky Lodge

Dusky Lodge

67 Beach Rd (Map) - Hostel