Bus and Coach
Services From Kaikoura
New Zealand's South Island with its unique 8 unique geographical regions
and diverse natural beauty, from soaring mountain peaks of the Southern
Alps, fiords, glaciers, lakes,
rivers, native alpine bush landscape of national parks and the southern skifields by bus and coach from Kaikoura.
(Pop: 2173) is located
132kms south of Kaikoura and 180kms north of Christchurch, is situated on rocky
coastline - Kaikoura is renowned as the whale watching centre of New Zealand
and 'Swimming with the Dolphins'.
The town has a strikingly beautiful setting, as the Seaward Kaikoura
mountains, a branch of the Southern Alps come nearly to the sea at this
point on the coast. Because of this, there are many walking tracks up and
through the mountains.
A common one for tourists is the Mt. Fyffe track,
which winds up Mt. Fyffe, and gives a panoramic view of the Kaikoura
peninsula from the summit.
The name 'Kaikoura' translates to 'meal of
crayfish' ('kai'- food/meal, 'koura' - crayfish) and the crayfish industry
still plays a role in the economy of the region.
However Kaikoura has now
become a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the Sperm
Whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and
swimming with or near dolphins and seals.
There is also a large and readily observed
colony of Southern Fur Seals at the eastern edge of the town.
At low tide,
better viewing of the seals can be had as the ocean gives way to a rocky
base which is easily navigable by foot for quite some distance.
Kaikoura's major event is the 'Seafest' which is held in October. Besides the rich marine
mammals and birdlife, Kaikoura can offer the visitor a range of activities from
early whaling exhibits, 4WD driving, horse trekking, farms tours to skiing at
Mt Lyford Skifield only a hour's drive from Kaikoura.
Travelling from Kaikoura is in modern buses and coaches with
InterCity Coachlines operating a fleet
of eco-friendly air conditioned buses with reclining seats and foot
Newmans Coachlines operate premier
services using a fleet of modern eco-friendly air conditioned coaches
featuring reclining seats with foot and head rests and onboard toilet/washroom
InterCity Coachlines Starlighter
overnight bus services operating from Wellington to Palmerston North, Taupo,
Rotorua, Hamilton and Auckland connecting a
Wellington with the
Cook Strait ferry services
Picton in the South Island to Wellington in the North Island.
The Starlighter overnight services features reclining
seats with foot and head rests, individual reading lights and air conditioning
controls, onboard toilet/washroom facility and makes two
refreshment/comfort stops on route.
There is combined bus and ferry travel allowing you to make one
reservation, pay one fare and travel on one ticket, from Kaikoura to
Paihia (Bay of Islands) and
If you want to
explore and see New Zealand's unique scenic beauty from Kaikoura,
there are a range of flexible 'Book As You Go'
bus, scenic coach, ferry travel and
value for money travel.
Your 'Book As You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass, allows
you to travel through out New Zealand on New Zealand's largest regional and
national bus, coach, scenic coach, ferry and sightseeing network, that
includes Cook Strait ferry sailings between the North and South Islands,
sightseeing tours - like dolphin watching cruises in the Bay of Islands and
lots more. Travel is discounted, so you will be saving money, as you travel
plus it gives you total freedom to alter your plans whenever you want.
Set your own itinerary and travel when you want, as your 'Book As
You Go' flexible bus, scenic coach and ferry pass is valid for 12 months so you can
stay a while and leave when you please.