Best Free Things to Do in Kaikoura

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Best Free Things to Do in Kaikoura

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  • Katherine T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I would highly recommend doing at least part of this walk while visiting Kaikoura. The full loop that we did (starting and ending in the town center of Kaikoura) easily takes about 5-6 hours. There are multiple tracks--one along the top of the cliffs and the other down along the shoreline. We started along the lower shoreline track from the car park at the end of Fyffe Quay (Point McKean), which had amazing view of seals (literally hundreds) at about 10 minutes into the walk. After continuing on the shoreline track for about an hour (and continuing to see more seals and sea birds), the track ran out (or was washed out), so we had to double back and climb up the connecting track to the cliff track at Whaler's Bay Lookout. We then continued along the cliff track for the rest of the loop to the South Bay Reserve car park. There is a pedestrian walkway (Tom's Track) that connects from South Bay Pde back to the town center. We enjoyed the whole walk, but the most scenic parts are close to the car parks on both ends. If you have a car and are interested in doing a shorter version, I would consider driving and parking at the Fyffe Quay car park to explore the lower shoreline track and seal colony near Point McKean. Then, I would drive over to the South Bay Reserve car park and walk up to the cliff track to explore some of the views there. If you are an avid trekker, I would say to go for the full loop!
    Written 1 April 2024
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  • Michael C
    Derby, UK2,022 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This seal colony can easily be viewed from the road. We saw about dozen seals, including several pups. all basking on the rocks. It was a thrilling experience to see these animals close-up.
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • Michael C
    Derby, UK2,022 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We spent a very pleasant afternoon on this peninsula. There were quite a few seals basking on the rocks which we were able to observe from a respectful distance. In addition to the seals there were lots of black-back gulls and red-bill gulls to be seen.
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • Gill O
    Ascot, UK633 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow. Absolutely fabulous views all over Kaikoura. Definitely worth a visit on a clear day. Very windy as so high so go prepared!
    Written 12 December 2023
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  • -l.e.m223
    Queenstown, New Zealand7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very cute shop lots of different kiwi things prices do vary but lots of options, very clean and nice in the inside and lots of gorgeous hand made pieces
    Written 1 February 2023
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