At your doorstep is a region packed full of activities. Kaikoura is famous for the dolphins and whale watching, but there are many lesser known activities to do, many of them free. Check out kaikoura.co.nz for the full range.
For those keen on walking we have a couple of km of private road for you to stretch your legs on in the morning! There is a folder at the accommodation with our favourite local walks, from overnight tramps to short day walks. The Kaikoura district has some superb walks for all levels. If interested in overnight tramps, give us a call for information and we will make some suggestions based on your skill level and can adjust your booking so you don’t pay for any nights while you are away in the hills. Kaikoura Walks
Biking is getting bigger in the area. There are many km of mountain bike tracks on the banks of the nearby Kowhai River which are not technical and OK for all rider levels. For those wanting a bigger ride, the Kaikoura Trail is ideal at 48km with some on road and some off road riding. It is graded as an easy ride. This comes quite close and you can join by riding to the Kowhai river can cross on foot if river not high. Or if you have a 4WD and want to keep your feet dry then drive across the ford on Kowhai Ford Rd, park and head off from there. If you ride clockwise you will can do over ¾ of the ride then have lunch in town, then ride back via the Kowhai Ford to finish the ride off. A great day out!
If road cycling is your thing then simply turn left from our shingle road and head up the Inland Kaikoura Road as far as you like. It has little traffic and is very scenic. Best of all it is downhill coming back! Note there are no shops or cafes (unless you are crazy fit and get to Mt Lyford Lodge, some 51km of ups and downs) So take your own drink and food.
For a killer feed of takeaway fish and chips head to ‘Cods and Crayfish’. If it’s a nice evening take them to the beach at South Bay and eat them overlooking over the sea and watch the sun setting. Unbeatable!
If we are heading out for a casual meal then we highly recommend the Pier Hotel. A terrific location and the food is always fresh, varied and plentiful. More upmarket is The Old Kaikoura Winery with amazing views. Suggest you book a few days ahead as these eateries are really popular with the locals, even on weeknights.