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Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

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The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is the perfect way to experience the ocean and the wildlife of the area: from tidal platforms, coastline and mountain peaks in the distance to seals, penguins and local birds along the shoreline. The peninsula even presents diving or snorkelling opportunities. 

Starting from town centre or from the Point Kean car park, make your way along the coastline by following the signs. From the Point Kean car park, the walk climbs to the clifftops. Accompanied by stunning views, make your way along the track to Whalers Bay. There is a side trip from Whalers Bay down to the shoreline and back.

Afterwards, continue on to South Bay where the track then starts to descend after the view point. From South Bay, there is another side trip to Limestone Bay which offers further views to the south.

From South Bay, make your way back to town centre via Scarborough street. If you have parked at the Point Kean car park, continue through town until you reach Esplanade street and follow the coastline to the car park. Alternatively, arrange for pick up from the South Bay car park or return the same way.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 3 hour walk
        • Distance: 11.7 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Unknown
        • Wet Feet: Yes, along the shoreline
        • Toilets: There are toilets at Armers Beach on the way to Point Kean car park and in South Bay.
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: July, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    As the walkway is along the clifftops, it is the ideal location to view the ocean and the coastline. It is also possible to whale watch along this walk. You will also be able to see seals from the Point Kean car park.

  • Track Quality

    The walkway is well-paved and jointly maintained by Whale Watch Kaikoura, Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura, Kaikoura District Council and the Department of Conservation (DOC)

  • Hazards

    None

  • Transport

    Kaikoura is a stop on InterCity’s bus network. The start of the walk is from town centre towards Point Kean car park where the walkway officially starts.

  • Water

    No

  • Driving Instructions

    Kaikoura is midway between Picton and Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. start the walk from town centre for views along the shorelines on esplanade and Avoca st. You can also drive 10 minutes to Point Kean car park for a shorter walk.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are shops and restaurants in Kaikoura’s town centre, though none along the clifftops.

  • Area & Track History

    Kaikoura was an ideal settlement for both the Maori over the last 800 years and the European settlers more recently because of the amount of food from the ocean and the shelter of the peninsula. The European settlers brought with them the whaling industry, which resulted in the rapid decline of whales in Kaikoura. Marine mammals are now protected in New Zealand and Kaikoura is now one of the country’s best whale watching locations.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

Here is the map for Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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