Have a quick exploration of our lounge and you’ll find guitars, ukuleles, piano, hand drums and songbooks. If you know your stuff, feel free to jam away! If you’d like to learn, there’s always someone around who can show you a few chords. By the end of your stay you’ll be a ukulele hero!
There really is no better way to get chatting and make new friends than by sharing a meal! Join us for one of our regular summer BBQ’s in the front garden or if you’re here in winter, we’ll cosy up by the log fire and enjoy hot curries, soup & fresh baked bread. And if there’s no chocolate brownies around, pull out our Baking Box and get creative!
Art & Games
Dream away the hours in our wee art corner where you can express your journey creatively and add your mark to our great wall of art. In our garden, along with our giant chess board you’ll find an assortment of circus toys perfect for a sunny day. Learn a new skill with poi and staff spinning, devil sticks or juggling balls. When the sun goes down your new passion can be ignited with some fire spinning!
What's on in Kaikoura
The Peninsular Walk
With a stunning backdrop of mountain scenery, The Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway provides easy access to explore the Kaikoura Peninsula. The clearly marked route is lined with a collection of information panels enabling you to journey into the fascinating history human settlement in Kaikoura and to learn about its geology, the animals and the plants that make the area so special.
This is an excellent walk either on a warm summers’ day or a snowy winter morning. If you would like to stay in the hut overnight, we can store your extra bags and help arrange transport to the trail. Sign posted as 5-8hrs return to the 1600 metre summit this steep but consistent 4wd track makes for a challenging assault on the mountain. Your reward – incredible views of the Kaikoura ranges and the peninsula below.
Bars, Restaurants & Live Music
Kaikoura has a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes to suit any taste and budget. The most famous thing to eat in town is undoubtedtly Crayfish but there’s much more on offer. Award winning organic restaurants, beach side seafood cafes and a lively local music scene, be sure to ask us for our recommendations.
Surf, Skate & Snow
Kaikoura is one of the South Islands premier surf destinations and has consistent surf year round at a range of breaks which suit complete beginners to the pros. The proximity of the Kaikoura mountain range to the sea also means it is also one of the few places in the world where you can surf and ski in the same day. During the winter season Mt Lyford, about an hour and a half drive from the hostel, has good snowboarding and skiing. If that wasn’t enough, we’ve got a concrete skate park just around the corner!
Marine Wildlife Experiences
Sperm whales bask in Kaikoura’s food rich seawater year round and are often joined by orcas, dolphins, great albatross and occasionally even blue whales – the biggest mammals to have ever lived on this planet! Kaikoura’s large population of playful and inquisitive dusky dolphins also provide a unique opportunity for dolphin swimming. We have experienced many of these trips ourselves and are always available for a chat to help you decide on the best options for experiencing Kaikoura’s wildlife and to book your tour.
Kayaking, Pier Jumps, Fishing Trips & Other Activities
Other activities include Maori cultural tours, PADI diving courses, snorkelling, horse and llama trekking, piloting you own plane…
Kayaking is a great way to discover the local coastline and marine life, visit Kaikoura Kayaks to find out more.