Kaikoura is a pretty little coastal town located on the east coast of the South Island and is known as one of New Zealand's marine-life meccas and as such, many of the things to do in Kaikoura revolve around exploring the ocean and the coastline. Hanmer is a quaint alpine spa village located 65km’s south west of Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is a 1¾ hour drive from Hanmer Springs and from Blenheim
2½ hour drive to Picton , the gateway to the Nort Island and 2½ hour drive from Christchurch
Whatever your budget, whether it be for a short break, weekend away or a long holiday with the family or for a romantic getaway, Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs have a place for you to stay. Some of our favourite places to stay include:
The Anchor Inn, Kaikoura
The White Morph, Kaikoua
Bella Vista Hanmer Springs
St James Apartments,Hanmer Springs
Hanmer Springs Retreat
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SEE + DO
A region for all seasons, Kaikōura & Hanmer offer activities for everyone
Enjoy a guided walk showcasing Kaikoura cultural heritage with Maori Tours
Explore Hanmer Springs, Canterbury's Alpine Spa Village .
Soak in the thermal pools at Hanmer & indulge in a soothing spa treatment
Get up close to the whales & dolphins at Kaikoura with an encounter tour
Explore the artifacts & read up on the natural history at Kaikoura Museum
In Kaikoura, do as the locals do. Head to Nins Bin the locals favourite crayfish joint
Walk the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway for some stunning views of Kaikoura’s Range and to check out the fur seals lolling about.
If you’re around on a Sunday, mix with the locals at the Kaikoura Farmers Market
Take a scenic flight to experience for yourself the stunning beauty of a place where mountains meet the sea
Take to one of the many spectacular mountain bike trails to explore the area with its varied landscapes.