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Introductory
Activities
  • self guided walk
Accommodation
  • 1 night motel, 2 nights farm cottage
Meals
  • 2 Dinners
  • 3 Breakfasts

4 Days$USD

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COVID safety measures
are in place with extra cleaning and hygiene protocols

Remote adventures
means social distancing comes naturally

Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: GKT

Trip highlights


  • Walk exposed headlands, undulating grazing land, native forest lands and narrow canyons
  • Marvel at geological influences that have shaped the Kaikoura coast
  • Admire the results of award-winning and ongoing bush, riverbed and seashore conservation projects
  • Spot seals, dolphins, whales (in season) and many native birds
  • Share stories with second or third generation local residents

Begin by exploring the Kaikoura Peninsula, a loop walk that showcases the scenic beauty engulfing the small town situated midway between Picton and Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. With a backdrop of steep mountains, often snow-capped, snippets of local history, and opportunities to spot a myriad of marine life such as seals, dolphins, whales and seabirds the walk is a perfect introduction to the region. Transfer south only a short distance and be immersed in a hinterland few people visit. Wide open spaces, isolated beaches, sea cliffs, hill tops, canyons and tracts of native vegetation rich with birdlife are all yours to enjoy at your own pace. Walking on private land, experience a unique wilderness where isolated farmland merges with forest conservation projects. This walk is the perfect short escape.


Make your own way to Kaikoura, situated roughly halfway between Picton and Christchurch on the east coast of the South Island. On arrival, check-in to your accommodation any time after 2:00pm. This pretty seaside town has a holiday atmosphere, with an extensive foreshore footpath, many eateries and bars, and plenty to do including cultural tours, whale watching, scenic flights, short walks or simply relaxing while taking in the view.

Meals:  Nil

Begin walking from right outside your accommodation today. The Kaikoura Peninsula Walk is a loop track roughly following the coastline and its headlands, returning via the hilltops and a nature reserve to your starting point. With distinctive marker posts, it is easy to follow and takes you from sea level to cliff tops. Be sure to pause at each of the multiple viewpoints which provide excellent photo opportunities of the rugged Kaikoura Range, often snow-capped, and the picturesque hinterland behind the town. Informative interpretation panels at various locations along the way provide insight into the history, culture, flora and fauna of the region. There are optional side tracks to some of the rock platforms. Take some time there to watch birds and seals and explore the rock pools. (Keep an eye on the ocean as waves can catch you by surprise and take care to avoid disturbing any wildlife as birds are breeding over summer and seals can give you a nasty bite.) Allow three hours to comfortably complete the walk, including photo stops. You may like to linger and take a picnic lunch, or return to the township for a cafe lunch. If you do not have your own transport and have pre-booked a transfer with us, you will be transferred in the late afternoon to your cottage accommodation for tonight at Conway Flat.

Meals:  B,D

Once again the walking track begins at the front gate. Take your time today as there is a long stretch of beach to tread, with fascinating geological specimens from past eras. Buried tree trunks 8000 yrs old, fossilised crustacean tunnels, shells and layers of distinctive sediment are all visible. Looking out to sea, you might spot some marine life from the current era such as dolphins, whales or seals, the latter sometimes coming ashore to rest on the beach. Pass an ancient Maori campsite as you turn off the beach and climb to the cliff tops where sweeping views of the coastline await, from Banks Peninsula near Christchurch in the south to the Kaikoura Peninsula in the north where you stood yesterday. The track has several undulations from hereon, passing through gullies with huge protected old-growth native trees, crossing streams and winding through narrow canyons. Sleep tonight at another cosy farm cottage, lulled by the peace and quiet of the countryside.

Meals:  B,D

Hear some local stories this morning from one of the landowners while you are driven a short distance (about 20 mins) from the cottage to the start of today's walk. A steady ascent through pine forest then protected remnant beech and giant podacarp forest, where silver fern also grows, opens up as you reach a saddle in the ridgeline. The panoramic views in every direction from here are of mountains reaching the sea. You could be standing in a postcard. The route continues along the ridge with an optional scramble to Skull Peak summit. At 486m it is the highest point on the trail and while that does not seem very high, relative to the surrounding land it feels like you have your head in the clouds. The track winds its way back to sea level from here, crossing grazing land and passing through a conservation zone of native coastal bush. Arriving back at Ngaroma, where you started, around mid-afternoon (plan for around 3:00pm), your luggage awaits and trip arrangements end. Continue your onward travels from here, or return to Kaikoura with a pre-booked transfer (own expense).

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.
On self guided trips, actual route information provided before departure will be more detailed.


Inclusions

  • 1 night motel accommodation in Kaikoura (twinshare), with ensuite bathroom
  • 2 nights accommodation in farmstyle cottages based on multishare bunk rooms (2 single bunks per room) with shared bathrooms
  • All linen
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 dinners (pre-prepared for you to cook or heat up at your convenience)
  • Fully equipped kitchens in farmstyle cottages (Nights 2 & 3) including tea towels, dishwash liquid, cutlery, kettle, toaster, coffee plunger, pots, crockery, cooking utensils, fridge, electric cook tops, oven, microwave (Night 2 only)
  • Daily luggage transfer - 1 bag/pack per person plus 1 food box/bag per walking party, weight limit strictly 15kg per item
  • Information booklets and route maps
  • Secure car parking if self-driving
  • $20 donation per person to the Trees for Travellers project (iwk.org.nz/trees-for-travellers)

  • Travel to/from Kaikoura before/after the trip
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary and hiking snacks
  • Drinks other than water - good drinking water is available at each night's accommodation and at shelters along the track on Days 3 & 4
  • Transfers to/from the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway if not walking the full loop
  • Transfers to/from the Kaikoura Coast Walk - we will arrange this for you (a small cost applies) if you are not self-driving. Please advise us if you will not be driving your own vehicle.
  • Optional activities, extras (such as meal package) and upgrades
  • Items of a personal nature (eg. laundry, shopping, internet)
  • Excess luggage storage or cartage (available for additional cost - please request in advance)
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa (if required)

Accommodation


Trail Surface


Departure dates

Daily from 1 Oct to 30 April

Notes

Note:
Group discount applies for bookings of 10 people (maximum capacity)
1
An optional meal package to include packed lunches is available. Additional cost applies; MUST be requested in advance
2
Transfers between Kaikoura and the Coast Track on Day 2 are required if you are not self-driving. Please advise if you would like us to book these. Additional cost applies.
3
We recommend minimum 2 people for this trip for safety reasons. However, solo travellers with good hiking experience in changeable weather and good route finding skills will find it achievable

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Total Priceper person from

$USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Meal package - 3 packed lunchesUSD$60
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Kaikoura Self-Guided Coastal Walk trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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