About 2 hours from Picton, head south following Highway 1.
This is a beautiful coastal drive. Attractions include wild beaches, seal colonies, whale watching, dining on seafood.
Ward Beach, 1 hour south
Wild coastline in different moods
Scenery along the way, there are some lovely short bush walks
Stop for coffee or a meal at The Store, at Kekerengu, about 1 hour 15 mins south
Seals inhabit this wild coast
Buy crayfish from local fishermen, or sample local cheese in Kaikoura
Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – it’s also a great place to eat crayfish (in the Maori language ‘kai’ means food, ‘koura’ means crayfish). An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikoura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way to Marlborough.
Kaikoura’s environment is truly spectacular – the village is caught between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape.
Kaikoura’s special talent is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore.
There is so much to do and see in Kaikoura, these sites are a great place to start