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
Contact Kaikoura Express (0800 500929 or kaikouraexpress.co.nz) or Intercity (intercity.co.nz). Kaikoura Express are very good and will drop you at our Conway River corner so please use them if you can. Kaikoura Express run between Christchurch and Kaikoura, and start summer service from November 1st. Intercity drop off for summer 2018-2019 at Cheviot or Kaikoura only, though we are negotiating with them to resume the bus stop at our very own Conway river corner. Let us know when you’re due to arrive and we will pick you up from Cheviot or Kaikoura for a fair fee, or at no additional charge from the Conway river corner. View kaikouraexpress.co.nz or intercity.co.nz for bus schedule, further details and booking. Email [email protected] if you need extra help.
Arriving by train
The Coastal Pacific train runs from Picton to Christchurch return, a great way to get here from Wellington if you are a train buff. We can pick you up and/or drop you back in Kaikoura (for a fair transport fee). The train runs north in the morning and south in the afternoon, which means you would need to spend an extra night in the Beach House (additional charge) or book a night in Kaikoura. Contact [email protected] to discuss options.
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