The Walk

Explore Coastal Kaikoura

The Kaikoura Coast Track is a hidden gem of the South Island. The track covers 26km of stunning scenery. Each day you’ll hike for about 4-6 hours giving you plenty of time to soak it all in.

First Night - The Beach House, Ngaroma

Hosts: Heather and Bruce Macfarlane. 
Your experience will begin with an evening at the Beach House, Ngaroma. Enjoy ocean views from the large bench seat, or snuggle up inside with a glass of wine. From here you can watch the sun setting over the Kaikoura mountains, which tower high above the Pacific Ocean. You’ll feel relaxed after a good night's sleep ready to begin your adventure the following day.

First Day - 4-6 hours walking

On the first day you’ll walk for approximately 13km. You’ll walk for two hours along the beach, past cliffs embedded with 8000 year old tree stumps and fossils. You may see seals or dolphins playing in the surf. You’ll enjoy lunch at the Circle Shelter amongst coastal bush. Finally you’ll walk across open farmland and through the conservation area of regenerating bush to the Medina homestead.

Click on the video for a stunning view of the beach walk.

Second Night - The Whare, Medina

Hosts: Sally, David, Peter and Megan Handyside.
Nestled in a secluded corner of the home paddock, you’ll gain insight into the busy farm life on a remote backcountry sheep farm. Here you can relax, enjoy a hot shower  and grab extra supplies such as bread, meat, milk, beer, wine and more.

Second Day - 4-6 hours walking

Your second day will begin with a van ride to the start of the track where you’ll have 13km of beautiful scenery to immerse yourself in. You’ll cross forestry slopes to Buntings Bush stream and follow the bush-filled valley to the top of the Hawkswood Range. You’ll capture immense views of the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. After lunch in the shelter of Skull Peak day hut, it’s down from the tussocks into bush and rolling farmland. You’ll finish back where you started at the Beach House at Ngaroma.

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Getting Here

Easy access by either bus or car, begin and end at the same location. View maps and transport options here!

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In the Area

Whether you’re looking for family activities, adventure, sight seeing or animal encounters there is plenty for you to do before or after you walk the Kaikoura Coast Track

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We spent a fantastic two weeks on the South Island for our honeymoon and the Kaikoura Coast Track was one of the best parts. Wonderful views, rich variety of landscapes, and comfy places to stay. Highly recommended!
-Will Best

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