Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
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  • Marylou
    Kallaroo, Australia20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular!
    Worth every step and taking the time to take in the views. As I'd visited the seal colony separately the day before, I took the 'upper' route all the way from South Bay to the heart of town. It's a bit much to make it a return trip so I embarked on the hike after the Dolphin Encounter experience (the boat for which goes from South Bay with transport provided from their office in town to South Bay). It took me a good 3 hours with stops along the way for photos and to just soak it all in. This is really not to be missed.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 9 June 2023
  • SteepleRocker
    Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great walk and hundreds of seals!
    We had a few hours to spare before our Whale Watch trip, so went for a walk. The scenery is great and you get very close to the seals. We walked along the cliffs, down the steps at Whalers Bay and back via the beach/rocks. A must-do while in Kaikoura and costs nothing.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • aw682018
    Masterton, New Zealand25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth it for the views.
    We stayed here in Kaikoura for a few days and we did this walk more than once, the upper and lower. The views were fantastic on the upper walk with the occasional place to sit and soak in the views. I would say you need a decent amount of fitness for the upper walk. The lower walk was also nice, being able to get up reasonably close to the wildlife was special. If you are visiting New Zealand from your own country, please be respectful of our flora and fauna. The roped area as you walk along the lower path is to protect the wildlife you see, some of it is nesting areas, and yet I saw tourists disrespect this despite signage.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 September 2023
  • Stephen & Sue
    Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do the short walk from the end of the road.
    This is a fabulous walk, provided you skip most of it. If you do the full loop from town, most of the walk is a concrete footpath, or boardwalk, alongside the road, with nothing to see apart from the ocean (which is lovely, but doesn’t change until the very end of the road). The best way to do this is drive to the very end of the road, park in the car park, walk along the rocks below the cliff until Whalers Bay, then follow the path and steps up to the headland and access the proper walk all the way back to the car park. This will take you a couple of hours at most, and bring you right up close to the seals, and then give you the wonderful views all the way back. (Or vice versa, cliff then reef is fine). Stop off at the crayfish van on the way there or back for lunch, and you’ve done the best of Kaikōura without the 2 hour slog along the road.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 December 2023
  • Rebecca
    Adelaide, Australia1,767 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was very underrated which meant it wasn’t crowded yay
    The loop walk (about 12km or so) has a bit of everything. If you start at the carpark on either side you have a choice of going up to land and walking along the top, then returning along the rocks- or the other way around. On the top you get views of the ocean while walking through farmland and scrub, alongside cows and everything. Some of it is boardwalk along trees. The bottom is amazing, seals everywhere and lots of things to climb.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 January 2024
  • HahnTravels
    Liverpool, Australia1,236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Walks and Views
    Walked it a couple of times, sunrise is amazing! 5 minutes walk to the top from the carpark and then easy going from there. Great views over to the other side of the peninsula, saw both dolphins and seals. Then headed down and walked around the base - great as well. Uncrowded - can walk right from town if you like. Enjoyed it immensely so went 3 or 4 times!
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 March 2024
  • wc9828
    103 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dramatic and wonderful walk
    An oceanscape on a par with the world's most famous coasts. We parked at the lot at the end of the road, took the steep path up to the near headland, then walked "up top" to nearly South Bay. We descended to the shoreline on one of several connecting paths and made our way back. These paths down the cliffside enable one to make the hike long or short. Just before arriving back at the car park we stood with others and watched a number of seals sunning themselves on the rocks.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 March 2024
  • Katherine T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walkway directions & map
    I would highly recommend doing at least part of this walk while visiting Kaikoura. The full loop that we did (starting and ending in the town center of Kaikoura) easily takes about 5-6 hours. There are multiple tracks--one along the top of the cliffs and the other down along the shoreline. We started along the lower shoreline track from the car park at the end of Fyffe Quay (Point McKean), which had amazing view of seals (literally hundreds) at about 10 minutes into the walk. After continuing on the shoreline track for about an hour (and continuing to see more seals and sea birds), the track ran out (or was washed out), so we had to double back and climb up the connecting track to the cliff track at Whaler's Bay Lookout. We then continued along the cliff track for the rest of the loop to the South Bay Reserve car park. There is a pedestrian walkway (Tom's Track) that connects from South Bay Pde back to the town center. We enjoyed the whole walk, but the most scenic parts are close to the car parks on both ends. If you have a car and are interested in doing a shorter version, I would consider driving and parking at the Fyffe Quay car park to explore the lower shoreline track and seal colony near Point McKean. Then, I would drive over to the South Bay Reserve car park and walk up to the cliff track to explore some of the views there. If you are an avid trekker, I would say to go for the full loop!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 April 2024
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Katherine T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I would highly recommend doing at least part of this walk while visiting Kaikoura. The full loop that we did (starting and ending in the town center of Kaikoura) easily takes about 5-6 hours. There are multiple tracks--one along the top of the cliffs and the other down along the shoreline. We started along the lower shoreline track from the car park at the end of Fyffe Quay (Point McKean), which had amazing view of seals (literally hundreds) at about 10 minutes into the walk. After continuing on the shoreline track for about an hour (and continuing to see more seals and sea birds), the track ran out (or was washed out), so we had to double back and climb up the connecting track to the cliff track at Whaler's Bay Lookout. We then continued along the cliff track for the rest of the loop to the South Bay Reserve car park. There is a pedestrian walkway (Tom's Track) that connects from South Bay Pde back to the town center. We enjoyed the whole walk, but the most scenic parts are close to the car parks on both ends. If you have a car and are interested in doing a shorter version, I would consider driving and parking at the Fyffe Quay car park to explore the lower shoreline track and seal colony near Point McKean. Then, I would drive over to the South Bay Reserve car park and walk up to the cliff track to explore some of the views there. If you are an avid trekker, I would say to go for the full loop!
Written 1 April 2024
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Julia @Scrumptious Solent
Southampton, UK2,427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed our walk around the peninsula, especially as it passes alongside the seal cloning. You could get so close to them which was amazing (note the signs saying no closer than ten metres).

There’s a couple of toilets in the car parks on the way round and also a crayfish stall selling drinks if you get thirsty.

Where walking shoes or trainers as it’s rocky and slippy in parts so not easy with flip flops!
Written 24 March 2024
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alistairb
43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Fabulous short circular walk from the front at Kaikoura around the peninsula. Great coastline ,close up viewing of seals ,an Historic House .pack up a picnic for a lively half day .if you just do the walk it probably takes a couple of hours .One of the best walks we did in New Zealand .Great value as it pretty much flat .
Written 23 March 2024
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wc9828
Boulder CO103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
An oceanscape on a par with the world's most famous coasts. We parked at the lot at the end of the road, took the steep path up to the near headland, then walked "up top" to nearly South Bay. We descended to the shoreline on one of several connecting paths and made our way back. These paths down the cliffside enable one to make the hike long or short. Just before arriving back at the car park we stood with others and watched a number of seals sunning themselves on the rocks.
Written 7 March 2024
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HahnTravels
Liverpool, Australia1,236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Walked it a couple of times, sunrise is amazing! 5 minutes walk to the top from the carpark and then easy going from there. Great views over to the other side of the peninsula, saw both dolphins and seals. Then headed down and walked around the base - great as well. Uncrowded - can walk right from town if you like. Enjoyed it immensely so went 3 or 4 times!
Written 3 March 2024
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Derhard Jógvansson
Tórshavn, Faroe Islands2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
A great half day hike with spectacular scenery. Be prepared to use up to 6 hours of walking with room to rest and enjoying the views.
Written 5 February 2024
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Paolo1005
Montreal, Canada634 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Beautiful walk from end to end you can take from
The top of the hill or walk along the seaside both are beautiful
We did both.. also a large seal colony that sun bathes there
Written 4 February 2024
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Rebecca
Adelaide, Australia1,767 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
The loop walk (about 12km or so) has a bit of everything. If you start at the carpark on either side you have a choice of going up to land and walking along the top, then returning along the rocks- or the other way around. On the top you get views of the ocean while walking through farmland and scrub, alongside cows and everything. Some of it is boardwalk along trees. The bottom is amazing, seals everywhere and lots of things to climb.
Written 17 January 2024
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Kiwitravellers0418
Auckland Central, New Zealand10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Great walk. 2/4 minutes of steep walking to get to the top of the path but rewarded with great views. Path levels out from the top
Written 10 January 2024
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,488 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is a fabulous walk, provided you skip most of it.
If you do the full loop from town, most of the walk is a concrete footpath, or boardwalk, alongside the road, with nothing to see apart from the ocean (which is lovely, but doesn’t change until the very end of the road).
The best way to do this is drive to the very end of the road, park in the car park, walk along the rocks below the cliff until Whalers Bay, then follow the path and steps up to the headland and access the proper walk all the way back to the car park.
This will take you a couple of hours at most, and bring you right up close to the seals, and then give you the wonderful views all the way back. (Or vice versa, cliff then reef is fine).
Stop off at the crayfish van on the way there or back for lunch, and you’ve done the best of Kaikōura without the 2 hour slog along the road.
Written 25 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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