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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, as well as seasonal flavours such as fresh tomato soup. There are lovely homemade pasta dishes, too. Th…
Cafe in Kaikoura

Reserve Hutt

The best coffee in town, roasted on-site and espressed by cheery baristas in Kaikoura's grooviest cafe. Puttin' out that rootsy retro-Kiwiana vibe we love so much, this is a neat place to linger over a couple of fla…
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…
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 $45/90). Great outside a…
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 …
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.
Historic Building in Kaikoura

Fyffe House

Kaikoura’s oldest surviving building, Fyffe House's whale-bone foundations were laid in 1844. Proudly positioned and fronted with a colourful garden, the little two-storey cottage offers a fascinating insight into t…
Food in Kaikoura

Cods & Crayfish

Among all of Kaikoura’s munificent marine life, the one species you just can’t avoid is the crayfish. You can buy fresh cooked or uncooked crays from Cods & Crayfish.
Farm in Kaikoura

Point Sheep Shearing Show

The 30-minute Point Sheep Shearing Show at the Point B&B is fun and educational. You can feed a ram, and lambs between September and February. Classic NZ!
Museum in Kaikoura

Kaikoura Museum

This provincial museum displays historical photographs, Māori and colonial artefacts, a huge sperm-whale jaw and the fossilised remains of a plesiosaur.