Kaikoura & Hanmer Springs

Kaikoura is an Alpine Pacific Experience

Kaikoura NZ and Hanmer Springs offer a huge variety of experiences and are within a short drive from Christchurch.  Enjoy one of the best marine wildlife experiences in Kaikoura and the relaxing thermal pools at Hanmer Springs.

Things to Do and See

Kaikoura is situated north of Christchurch in New Zealand, where the mountains meet the sea.  Here you can join a whale-watching encounter cruise and see these magnificent giants in their natural environment.  Visit the local fur seal colonies or join a guided snorkelling tour.

Hanmer Springs offers the indulgence of a pampering spa and relaxing thermal pools at its thermal reserve.  Nearby stop for wine tasting and fine cuisine at one of the Waipara Valley's award-winning wineries.  Hanmer's Thrill Seekers Canyon allows you to sample exciting outdoor adventures such as jet boating, bungy jumping and quad biking. 

Getting There and Around Kaikoura NZ

Christchurch International Airport is the closest airport, which offers international and domestic flights.  Kaikoura is a 2.5 hour drive north of Christchurch and Hanmer Springs is 1.5 hours north west of Christchurch.  A circuit from Christchurch, to Kaikoura, then Hanmer Springs and back is 370km and is known as the Alpine Pacific Triangle.  Coaches and shuttles are available between these destinations and the TranzCoastal train service connects Christchurch to Kaikoura. 

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