You may want to stay at The Factory and just relax and enjoy walks along the beach or Kaikoura Helicopters can whisk you straight from The Factory up to Mt Fyffe for a picnic, out to sea to see the whales or enjoy a flight that incorporates both. There is also a huge range of unique activities available less than 10 minutes away in Kaikoura and the surrounding area.
Kaikoura is best known for its amazing marine life. Here, you can see whales all year round, particularly the huge sperm whales. Take a trip with Whale Watch and you may also see Pilot, Humpback, Southern Right whales, Orca and even a mighty Blue Whale. Wings over Water or Kaikoura Helicopters will give you the opportunity to see the whales from the air. There are also large numbers of dolphins all year round. Try Dolphin Encounter to see them up close - you can even swim with them if you wish. Albatross Encounter will take you up close to these mighty seabirds and the Seal Swim is an activity not to be missed. You can also go to Kaikoura Kayaks, Kaikoura Snorkelling Tours and Dive Kaikoura to ensure you see all the amazing marine wildlife that is unique to this area or visit the seal colonies to see the New Zealand fur seal up close at Point Kean and Ohau Point.
If you want some action while staying at The Factory, two of the best surf breaks in New Zealand are just 5 minutes up the road: Maungamanu and Meatworks. Learn to surf with Boardsilly if you are a novice. Skiing at Mount Lyford alpine resort is only an hour away up the scenic inland road. Golfers can play on the Kaikoura Golf Course which is renowned for its magnificent vista of the mountains and the ocean. It is rated from beginner to low handicapper or you can play on the newly opened Koura Bay 9 hole course. At the Kaikoura Farm Park you can greet, cuddle and hand-feed over 150 animals or go trekking with Llamas with Llama Trekking Kaikoura. You can also: spend a few days on the amazing Wilderness Walk staying at Shearwater Lodge, ride 4WD vehicles at Glenstrae 4WD Adventures, go white-water rafting with Clarence River Rafting or get out into our beautiful area and go walking or cycling with Shona from Guided Walks Kaikoura.
Other wonderful activities include Kaikoura Night Sky which will introduce you to the spectacular Southern Hemisphere night sky or take The Maori Tour that has been voted the best cultural activity in New Zealand four times! There is also the Lavendyl Lavender farm where you can stroll through the lavender gardens, watch the distillation process and buy some of their wonderful products and Fyffe House where you can learn more about the history of Kaikoura.
Of course, no holiday would be complete without wonderful food and the very name, Kaikoura, means meal of crayfish. There are many great cafes, coffee shops and restaurants in Kaikoura all serving the most wonderfully fresh seafood as well as some iconic caravans - Nin's Bin being the most well-known of them all. Alternatively catch your own; take a charter on a fishing boat - try The RodFather or South Bay Fishing Charters. There are lots of great shops in Kaikoura that sell a range of interesting items. There are many artists who have made Kaikoura their home using this magnificent location of mountains and ocean as their inspiration.