• Credit: Andrew Spencer Photography, 2013
  • Credit: Andrew Spencer Photography, 2013
  • Credit: Andrew Spencer Photography, 2013
  • Photo Credit: Rangi Clayton
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura, 2014
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura, 2014
  • Whale Watch Kaikoura, 2014

Live Weather at Port 0953 NZDT


42°25'49" S 173°41'9" N

Within the Kaikoura District, visitors experience some of the most breath-taking scenery in the country with a stunning coastline, a dramatic peninsula and some of the South Island’s highest mountains. A unique ocean environment is home to an astonishing variety of marine life including seals, dolphins, whales and albatross. Kaikoura provides an unforgettable location for visitors to enjoy a combination of New Zealand’s best eco-tourism experiences, richest Maori & European histories along with both relaxing and exhilarating land based activities.

Anchorage with jetty landings both on the north and south sides.

  • South Bay (tender distance of 2km or 1.24 miles)
  • New Wharf (tender distance of 1.6km or 0.99 miles)

Please note that there are currently no Harbourmaster rules or directions in place. Masters are to contact Port Agents who will provide guidelines. Masters then have the discretion to anchor as close as they deem safe.

Distance to the town
From New Wharf – 2.3km (1.4 miles).
From South Bay – 2.5km (1.6 miles).

Kaikoura township is small and compact with many cafes, restaurants and tour operators within walking distance of the centre. To get into the hub of Kaikoura, use the local shuttle service.

Shuttle service
5 minutes from either wharf.

Kaikoura Shuttles, +64 3 319 6166, www.kaikourashuttles.co.nz.

Pick-ups from local operators by prior arrangement.

ATM machines/ Currency Exchange
ATM machines can be found all around the town centre.
Currency exchange can be done in banks, located around the town centre.

Nearest Internet Cafe
Wi-fi is complimentary in most of the local cafes and restaurants with a purchase.

Shopping Hours
Shops are usually open from 9am to 5pm daily.

Post Office:

  • Paper Plus, 41 West End, Kaikoura, +64 3 319 6808

Summer: High of 68F (20ºC) low of 55F (13ºC)
Winter: High of 11F (55ºC) low of 41F (5ºC)
Average annual rainfall is 844mm and average sunshine of 2090 hours.

Download the Map of Kaikoura township here.

Visitor Information

Kaikoura i-SITE: West End, +64 3 319 5641, www.kaikoura.co.nz

What is Kaikoura known for?
Stunning scenery of mountains and coast; marine wildlife with resident populations of sperm whales, dusky dolphins & NZ Fur seals – migrating species including Southern Right whales, Humpback whales & orca; and pelagic (marine) birds including 11 species of albatross.

Attractions & Activities

  • Whale watching
  • Fishing
  • Swimming with dolphins or seals
  • Viewing seabirds (incl. albatross)
  • Maori cultural tour
  • Walking the Peninsula Walkway and visiting seal colonies
  • Lookouts on Scarborough Street and along Peninsula Walkway above Point Kean seal colony.


Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism
Contact: Caroline Blanchfield, Business Development Manager

Destination Kaikoura
Contact: Glenn Ormsby, Manager

Whale Watch Kaikoura
Contact: Lisa Bond, Marketing Manager

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Upcoming visits

Ship Date Time
Seabourn Encore 15-Dec-2017 0800 - 1900
Caledonian Sky 02-Jan-2018 0700 - 1900
Seabourn Encore 10-Jan-2018 0800 - 1700
Caledonian Sky 23-Jan-2018 0700 - 1900
Seabourn Encore 01-Feb-2018 0800 - 1900

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