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.

Fly over the whales on this stunning scenic flight which includes Kaikoura and it’s coastline. 

Quick Facts about this walk

  • 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

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