Protecting & enhancing the natural environment

The Kaikoura Coast Track in a family owned and run ecotourism operation that exists to protect and enhance the natural environment. We are committed to providing you with a quality experience while minimising the environmental impact. 

Contact Heather Macfarlane  heathermacfarlane63@gmail.com for further information on the QE2 covenanting process, the best way to conserve special areas. Our track has four covenanted areas showing  sucessful  bush  regeneration.

Our practices for protecting the environment include:

  • All water for accommodation and day huts is gravity-fed from streams or roofs. Only self-contained septic tanks are used and grey water is diverted for irrigation.
  • New tracks through bush are hand-built to minimise their environmental impact.
  • Renewable resources are always the preferred choice and all recyclable rubbish is taken to local depots.
  • Heating is from firewood grown renewably on-farm.
  • Carbon sinks are established by shutting up areas for native bush regeneration and the continued planting of forestry. This also provides habitat for native birds.
  • To protect our native species, pests such as ferrets, possums and wasps are controlled with traps and poison.
  • Water reservoirs, surrounded by planted natives, act as bird sanctuaries as well as providing water for farming.


As part of the community, we are founding members of the Coastal Conway Landcare Group which meets regularly to encourage sustainable landcare practices.

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The Walk

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. Read more about the walk here

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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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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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