Kaikoura Activities

While staying at The Factory you can enjoy walks along the beach where you can catch glimpses of our resident Hector Dolphins and appreciate the towering mountains so close to the ocean.

Kaikoura is best known for its amazing marine life. Here, you can see whales all year round, particularly the huge sperm whales. Take a trip with Whale Watch and you may also see Pilot, Humpback, Southern Right whales, Orca and even a mighty Blue Whale.  Wings over Water, South Pacific Helicopters or Kaikoura Helicopters will give you the opportunity to see the whales from the air. There are also large numbers of dolphins all year round.  Try Dolphin Encounter to see the athletic Dusky Dolphins - you can even swim with them if you wish. Albatross Encounter will take you up close to these mighty seabirds and the Seal Swim is an activity not to be missed.  You can also go to Kaikoura Kayaks, Levi's Pedal KayaksKaikoura Snorkelling Tours and Dive Kaikoura to ensure you see all the amazing marine wildlife that is unique to this area or visit the seal colonies to see the New Zealand fur seal up close at Point Kean.

If you want some action while staying at The Factory, two of the best surf breaks in New Zealand are just 5 minutes up the road: Maungamanu and Meatworks. Learn to surf with Boardsilly if you are a novice. Skiing at Mount Lyford alpine resort is only an hour away up the scenic inland road. Golfers can play on the Kaikoura Golf Course which is renowned for its magnificent vista of the mountains and the ocean.  It is rated from beginner to low handicapper or you can play on the newly opened Koura Bay 9 hole course.  You can also: ride 4WD vehicles at Glenstrae 4WD Adventures, go white-water rafting with Clarence River Rafting, go horse-trekking in the Kowhai River or try one of our fantastic cycling tracks.

Other wonderful activities include  The Maori Tour that has been voted the best cultural activity in New Zealand four times, The Point Sheep Shearing or visit the brand new Kaikoura Museum.  There is also the Lavendyl Lavender farm where you can stroll through the lavender gardens, watch the distillation process and buy some of their wonderful products and Fyffe House where you can learn more about the history of Kaikoura.

If you are into Hunting, Anton at Pure NZ is your man.There is also his Hunting and Fishing store where you can purchase clothing, fishing and hunting accessories.

Of course, no holiday would be complete without wonderful food and the very name, Kaikoura, means meal of crayfish.  There are many great cafes, coffee shops and restaurants in Kaikoura all serving the most wonderfully fresh seafood as well as some iconic caravans and food carts. Alternatively catch your own; take a charter on a fishing boat - try Fish Kaikoura or South Bay Fishing Charters. There are lots of great shops in Kaikoura that sell a range of interesting items. There are many artists who have made Kaikoura their home using this magnificent location of mountains and ocean as their inspiration. 

After all this, you will need to relax - try Indulge Body and Soul for a fabulous massage or beauty therapy.

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