You will start and finish at The Beach House, which is located at 356 Conway Flat Road. Plan to get there late afternoon or early evening on your arrival day. If you are likely to arrive after 9pm, please contact us to let us know.
Arriving by car
The start of the track is 7.5km off State Highway 1 (the main north/south highway in the South Island). Both the Kaikoura Coast Track and Conway Flat are clearly signposted from State Highway 1. To reach the start of the track you’ll drive 140km north of Christchurch (2hrs), from Kaikoura you’ll drive 40km south (40mins), and from Hanmer Springs you’ll drive 100km east (1hr and 20mins).
Arriving by bus (not really the best option)
Try contacting Kaikoura Express (0800 500929 or kaikouraexpress.co.nz) Kaikoura Express are very good and will drop you at our Conway River corner so please use them if you can. We pick you up from our corner on SH1 at no charge. Kaikoura Express run between Christchurch and Kaikoura only, and hopefully start summer service from November 1st.(There are rumours the bus company is stopping its Kaikoura run however).
Intercity drop off for summer 2019-2020 at Cheviot or Kaikoura only . Let us know when you are due to arrive and we will pick you up from Cheviot or Kaikoura for a fair fee($50 vehicle fee arriving and leaving inclusive for however many ). View intercity.co.nz for bus schedule, further details and booking.
A shuttlevan can be hired from Kaikoura or Christchurch for a group.
Hiring a car in New Zealand is the easiest way to get to out the way places. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need extra help.
You will finish the track back at The Beach House (where you started) mid-afternoon on your second day of walking (depending on how fast you walk and how long you stop for!).
For all information about our location, transport options & arrival times, please view our Essential Information For Walkers PDF