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Best things to do in Kaikoura

Discover the city through the eyes of locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Establishment
“You will get to see semi-resident Sperm Whales Jonah, Spotty Tail, Zeus and Aoraki, transient Sperm Whales, Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Bottlenose Dolphins, Hectors Dolphins, Dusky Dolphins and Orca! ”
10local recommendations
Establishment
“The New World supermarket is pretty much the same standard you'll find in a city.”
7local recommendations
Hotel
“Best Views in Kaikoura especially on a sunny day if you sit outside and look out across the bay to the mountains while you dine.”
7local recommendations
Café
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“Wonderful cakes and slices, gf and vegan options, good breakfast and lunch menu, eggs very fresh and free-range. Outside deck as well as cosy corners. NZ Rimu timbers throughout. Open Wed to Sunday.”
4local recommendations
Establishment
“Dolphin interaction as a swimmer or as an observer. Bird and albatross watching.”
5local recommendations
Store
“Kayaking around the beautiful Kaikoura coast line is a great way to see the sea life and get some exercise while enjoying the environement”
2local recommendations
Point of Interest
“An historic colonial site with a unique Whaling history in a stunning location.”
3local recommendations
Establishment
“You get to swim with the dolphin or you can watch on the boat. Kaikoura's resident dolphin is dusky dolphin and they appear all year round in Kaikoura region.”
2local recommendations
Bar
1local recommendations
Museum
“Some amazing artifacts from the whale and seal trading days. Early photographs and artifacts. Usually a small entry fee in cash is required.”
3local recommendations
Sandwich Place
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“Local artists and very laid back feeling. Friendly staff. Check notices for events. Usually Friday and Saturday, sometimes Thursdays.”
3local recommendations
Establishment
“A unique experience. Get up close and see the Seals in their natural environment.”
3local recommendations
Restaurant
“The Groper is a fun place to grab a Pizza and have a beer or a wine and meet some locals ....”
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Restaurant
2local recommendations
Establishment
“Excellent pizza. More exotic ingredients, and actually a little cheaper than Dex's. Highly recommended!”
1local recommendations
Food
“The BEST real fruit homemade ice cream ever!!!!! . A MUST do in Kaikoura!!!!”
2local recommendations