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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…
Museum in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Museum

Housed in a modern building designed to resemble a crayfishing pot, the Kaikoura Museum is one of NZ's best provincial museums. The region's geology and natural and coastal histories are illuminated with well-curate…
Microbrewery in Kaikoura

Emporium Brewing

Fill up a takeaway rigger or buy bottles of Emporium's tasty brews at this simple taproom. Our favourite is the award-winning Angry Sky Red IPA. There's also an on-site minigolf course. Check out the hole featuring …
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 …
Wildlife Reserve in Kaikoura

Point Kean Seal Colony

At the end of the peninsula, seals laze around on the rocks lapping up all the attention. Give them a wide berth (10m), and never get between them and the sea – they will attack if they feel cornered and can move su…
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…
Food & Drink in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Seafest

This annual one-day celebration in early October combining seafood, wine, beer and music is always a whale of a good time. Fancy dress is encouraged so don't be surprised to see a few folk dressed as penguins, dolph…
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

Zephyr

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…
Sports & Outdoors in Kaikoura

Coastal Sports

The friendly folk at this great sports shop can hook you up with hire bikes (half/full day $30/40), surf gear (board and wetsuit per day $40) and lots of local intel. There's also a good selection of hiking and outd…