Things to Do in Kaikoura with Children

THE 10 BEST Family & Kid Activities in Kaikoura

Things to Do in Kaikoura with Kids

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  • Marje1902
    Market Deeping, UK49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to stop and view the seal colony. Loads of seals from v small babies to energetic teenagers playing the water and exhausted mums just chilling on the rocks.
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • HahnTravels
    Liverpool, Australia1,224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walked it a couple of times, sunrise is amazing! 5 minutes walk to the top from the carpark and then easy going from there. Great views over to the other side of the peninsula, saw both dolphins and seals. Then headed down and walked around the base - great as well. Uncrowded - can walk right from town if you like. Enjoyed it immensely so went 3 or 4 times!
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • HahnTravels
    Liverpool, Australia1,224 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The walk was pretty easy and the rewards were great. Early morning seems best time, there were hundreds of seals with pups playing, adults resting. The signs say stay 10m away and most people respect that which is great. Sometimes though you almost stumble onto some that have come ashore a bit further like the little one in our picture on the main track. Walk around to the second platform. A must do and it's free with great scenery as well
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Happiness34127439032
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pete did a fantastic job explaining and showing us all there is to know about sheep and shearing. Highly recommended for families. The view from the shearing shed was incredible!
    Written 12 October 2023
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  • wendy1103
    Auckland, New Zealand103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is a lot to see in this museum. The flow of the displays seems a little haphazard but you feel a real sense of stepping back in time with the vast number of objects on display. The section on the Kaikoura earthquake is not to be missed.
    Written 29 January 2024
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  • JulieBlenheim
    Blenheim, New Zealand11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I've driven past for years and finally stopped in. Enjoyed the talk and tour with Bary our knowledgeable and engaging guide.
    Written 22 October 2016
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  • Sophie
    75 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit if you're looking for things to do on a sunny afternoon in Kaikoura. Perfect for having a few locally brewed beers and playing a round of mini golf. The mini golf isn't the most exciting but is based on the town of Kaikoura which is a nice touch.
    Written 16 June 2023
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  • John Norvill
    Tauranga, New Zealand2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    As far as the theatre was concerned it was top notch and the staff member was interactive. For both of these I would have given an 'excellent' review. The movie was excellent too BUT the volume was ridiculously loud. Within 1 minute I sounded my disapproval to staff who in all fairness was not prepared to adjust the settings. I waited until the trailers were over in the hope the film itself had less volume. It did but it was still far too loud. Twenty four hours later my ears are still suffering. No way should anyone be subject to this torture. If theatres want business then they need to consider their customers and not blindly follow the settings. Yes, I should have demanded my money back after the first minute. In future I will and I ask others to do the same. Then we can enjoy the films we enjoy with the appropriate level of sound. Personally I think a 50% discount would have been appropriate. This experience spoiled an afternoon outing with my wife who likewise suffered from the sound.
    Written 17 May 2021
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  • Kate W
    Great Malvern, UK52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Katrina was really helpful when we needed collecting from the station and then rented us a car at short notice for our stay in Kaikoura
    Written 26 November 2023
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  • Ann B
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This kayak trip was absolutely one of the best experiences so far on our 30 day NZ adventure. Kiley was our guide and she went over and beyond to make our sea lion watching kayak adventure amazing. She was an excellent communicator and gave us a comprehensive overview of the sea life as we paddled through the coves. Everyone on the team gets 5 stars.
    Highly recommend this kayak tour company!
    Written 2 February 2024
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  • felicia
    Orebro, Sweden3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a beautiful walk along the beaches in Kaikoura with Kevin and his fascinating and intelligent llamas. It’s a cool experience to bond with an animal this way and I highly recommend it. The yummy cakes and coffee is a nice bonus!
    Written 30 January 2024
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  • gertief320
    Gosford, Australia19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did the 1 hr 'taster' with the llamas. So different from the usual activities on offer. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Written 18 April 2017
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  • Gail M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience:) loved the pilot for staying up longer so we could see a whale and we did … had a whale of a time … would do it again
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • jodoh2017
    Lifton, UK20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience just paddling the kayaks, but of course hugely enhanced by the magnificent views all around, the awesome seal antics and the really informative and interesting guides who took great care of us.
    Written 20 January 2024
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  • kentjohnston70
    Christchurch, New Zealand1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our family of 7 ( 2 adults, 2 teens and 3 children) all went out with Kaikoura Fishing Tours on Saturday the 24th of Feb. We booked a 3 hour charter and joined the tour with 10 others on the vessel for the tour. We were warmly welcomed and felt totally supported and looked after for the duration of the trip. Tomo and his crew ( both on shore and off) clearly have their operation polished and are enthusiastic about providing everyone onboard as comfortable and enjoyable an experience as possible. We were able to catch large numbers of fish, and some sharks in addition to getting some crays up in the pots. We had great weather and took home some blue cod, tarakihi, orange fish and crays to feast upon. We thoroughly enjoyed our first family fishing on the ocean adventure and would highly recommend them to anyone. Thanks Tomo, Anita and crew - our kids had the best time and havent stopped talking about it = Kent and Sii Johnston
    Written 25 February 2024
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