Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Kaikoura

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Best Budget-Friendly 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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  • 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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  • Grant N
    Hastings, New Zealand1,524 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We'd been before on out last trip but it's definitely worth doing again. The displays are great. Our only gripe was the fact that the earthquake display was now part of the general museum - that's only because it was fascinating seeing it all in one place before. However, there's a lot to see and a huge amount of history and local stories. Very well laid out and something for everybody. We'd go again if back in the area once more
    Written 17 April 2024
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  • Ann T
    Pascoe Vale, Australia1,443 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fyffe House is the oldest colonial building in the South Island. We were introduced to the museum by an enthusiastic young woman who gave us a personal guided tour of this interesting pink weather board house which was built on the bones of whales (literally) between 1844 and 1860 and has been the home of a whaler, a harbour master, a fisherman and their families. Worth a visit.
    Written 16 March 2023
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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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  • 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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  • 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, UK21 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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  • Kate F
    London, UK23 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great day out, and we were blessed with sunny weather. The booking was easy, check-in very friendly when we arrived, and the crew on board were hands on, very helpful and knowledgeable. We came away feeling great about catching so much fish! Dolphins and albatross thrown in close up, it could not have been a better day! Very impressed, too, with the integrity of sharing the crayfish.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • fionajane2015
    Paihia, New Zealand43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An enjoyable few hours in near perfect conditions, spent with a couple of generous kiwi blokes who love a good yarn and love sharing with others, their little piece of paradise. The bonus was the huge pod of dolphins playing in the Bay and seals basking on the rock below.
    Written 26 December 2023
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