Here are our staffs 5 top things to do during the winter months in Kaikoura.  Layer up and enjoy the beautiful scenery and location.

Whale watching:  This is one of the top activities in Kaikoura. We are lucky enough to have resident and visiting whales here all year. Options include watching them from a boat or from the air. Definitely a great addition to your trip.

Dolphin Swimming:  This has got to be one of the best places in NZ to do this activity due to the number of dolphins that live here. Dusky Dolphins are incredibly friendly and playful and love to show off for you. Dolphin encounter Kaikoura are an excellent company and this is defiantly one for the bucket list!!!

Kayak Tours:  Whether it’s the sunset tour or just during the day, the views and wildlife with these tours is incredible. Guaranteed to see the seals swimming around you and its always possible to see whales and dolphins. Truly special experience.

Seal colony and Peninsula Walkway:  One of the best free activities in Kaikoura!!! A three hour loop walk visiting the seals and then walking the peninsula which has views you’d struggle to beat. A must in Kaikoura.

Lyford Ski Resort:  Located less than an hour from the Hostel, Mount Lyford is open for all sorts of winter fun, Skiing, Snowboarding, snowmen or snow angels. Once you’re done playing in the snow you can come back and warm up by the fire.