Anchor Inn Kaikoura

208 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
0800 72 00 33 or +64 03 319 5426

Kaikoura Attractions and Activities

Kaikoura is internationally famous for whale watching and dolphin swimming and the Anchor Inn is ideally located to take advantage of these activities as well as the many other attractions Kaikoura has to offer. The Anchor Inn is superbly located on the Kaikoura waterfront, within close proximity to the town centre and some of Kaikoura's best restaurants.

Whale Watching Flights

Whale watching by aeroplane offers a unique perspective and the opportunity to view whales and dolphins in their natural environment. From the air passengers can experience the true magnitude of the world’s largest mammal, the whale. These animals can reach an impressive 18 metres in length and weigh up to 60 tonne!

Kaikoura Kayak

Enjoy the kayaking adventure of a lifetime in Kaikoura!

Dolphin and Albatross Encounter and Cafe

0.8km from Anchor Inn (short walking distance)

Encounter Kaikoura specialises in providing an exhilarating experience of swimming or watching wild dusky dolphins in their natural environment off the Kaikoura coast.

Our fully licensed café provides the perfect setting to enjoy great coffee and cuisine. Our extensive dining area is both inside and outside, welcoming you to take time to soak up the sun and enjoy the view.

The Pier Hotel Restaurant

0.9km from Anchor Inn (short walking distance)

Sited on the waterfront at Kaikoura, in New Zealand’s South Island. Come and visit Kaikoura’s classic ‘Kiwi’ pub, iconic nineteenth century character hotel guesthouse and restaurant - famous for the freshest seafood and Kaikoura crayfish.

Green Dolphin Restaurant and Bar

0.9km from Anchor Inn (short walking distance)

The Green Dolphin menu is inspired by seasonally available, locally produced ingredients. We use our passion for regional and fresh ingredients to produce interesting, flavourful dishes that are uniquely Kaikoura cuisine.Fresh fish and crayfish come directly from local fishermen and are prepared in our dedicated filleting room daily. Wild game from the Kaikoura Ranges, lamb from the fields of Canterbury, aged rib-eye beef from the West Coast.

Kaikoura Lookout

1.0km from Anchor Inn (short walking distance)

The best view in Kaikoura is only 15mins walk from Anchor Inn via Dempsey's track. From here you can see both sides of the peninsula, amazing at sunrise or sunset.

Why Not Cafe

1.6km from Anchor Inn

Try the Why Not Cafe for the best cooked breakfasts in town.

Kaikoura Town Centre

1.7km from Anchor Inn

With a population of approximately 3,800 residents, the Kaikoura township is located on a rocky peninsula, protruding from lush farmland beneath the mountains. In the waters off the peninsula, a complex marine system provides an abundantly rich habitat for marine mammals and seabirds making it an ideal place for getting 'close to nature'.

Seafood BBQ

2.1km from Anchor Inn

Outdoor dining at beautiful Jimmy Armers Beach, on the way to the Seal Colony. We offer a Seafood BBQ in a sunny, relaxed outdoor setting, recommended by Lonely Planet. Freshly cooked crayfish, scallops, mussels, crayfish fritter, paua patties, grilled fish, and seafood chowder... lunch by the beach at it's best.

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway

2.3km from Anchor Inn

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy clifftop views of the sea and mountains. Suitable for families, the whole walkway takes three hours but you can also explore a range of shorter tracks.

Whale Watch Kaikoura

2.4km from Anchor Inn

Whale Watch is New Zealand's only vessel-based whale watching company offering visitors an exciting up-close encounter with the world’s largest toothed predator the Giant Sperm Whale in their natural environment at all times of the year. Whale Watch scheduled tours operate daily.

Peninsula Seal Colony Kaikoura

3km from Anchor Inn

Head up the hill from Point Kean car park to the viewing platform for panoramic views of Kaikoura and the seal colony. Carry on along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway to enjoy the best views of the seal colony below you.

Anchor Inn Motel Kaikoura

208 Esplanade, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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