Kaikoura restaurants

Top Choice Modern NZ in Kaikoura

Green Dolphin

Kaikoura's consistent top-ender dishes up high-quality local produce including seafood, beef, lamb and venison. There are also lovely homemade pasta dishes. The hefty drinks list demands attention, featuring excitin…
Pub Food in Kaikoura

Pier Hotel

Situated in the town's primo seaside spot, with panoramic views, the historic Pier Hotel is a friendly and inviting place for a drink and respectable pub grub, including crayfish (half/whole $50/100). Great outside …
Cafe in Kaikoura

Hislops Wholefoods Cafe

Organic ingredients shine at this long-established Kaikoura eatery. Come for breakfast on the shaded deck and enjoy hotcakes with blueberries or spicy harissa eggs, or book for dinner and partner organic and biodyna…
Seafood in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Seafood BBQ

Conveniently located on the way to the Point Kean Seal Colony, this long-standing roadside barbecue is a great spot to sample local seafood, including crayfish (half/full from $25/50) and scallops, at an affordable …
Bistro in Kaikoura


Focusing on a concise and seasonal menu, Zephyr's modern dining room is a good place to enjoy seafood chowder, mushroom-crusted venison or local fish and crayfish with a gourmet spin. The wine and beer list is equal…
Seafood in Kaikoura

Nin's Bin

This simple caravan 23km north of town sells fresh cooked and uncooked crays (and is an Instagram favourite). Fishing quotas are in place here to protect local marine life and promote sustainable practices, meaning …
Cafe in Kaikoura

Cafe Encounter

This cafe in the Encounter Kaikoura complex is more than just somewhere to wait for your tour. The cabinet houses respectable sandwiches, pastries and cakes, plus there's a tasteful range of daily specials such as h…
Seafood in Kaikoura

Cay's Crays

You can usually buy fresh cooked or uncooked crays from Cay's Crays, a surf-side caravan around 20km north of town. Upwards of $50 should get you a decent specimen. Unfortunately it was forced to close following the…
Supermarket in Kaikoura

New World Supermarket

Ten-minutes' walk from the town centre.