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- Mountains to the Sea 

5 Day Kaikoura Tour
South Island, NZ




Kaikour Tour Fitness Level Required 2+/5

Explore dramatic coastal scenery, immerse yourself in unique heritage, and make new friends on this fun and informative small group Kaikoura tour.

Join us on an epic 5-day tour of beautiful Kaikōura, an area steeped in history. This tour will introduce you to the area’s kaitiaki. 


Spend your days exploring Kaikōura by land, air and sea. Learn of the natural history, hear intriguing stories and be fascinated by the local wildlife. Meet the locals, visit privately owned Queen Elizabeth 11 conservation reserves and learn from a local Kaumātua about the Kaikōura's rich cultural heritage. 


Combine this amazing environment with our friendly and experienced tour guides and a great group of people, all sharing similar interests.


All accommodation, transport and meals are organised for you.

Tour Highlights

  • A one and a half hour, private, dawn boat charter with Encounter Kaikoura to view the Hutton's Shearwaters with commentary by bird expert Gary Melville 

  • Privately guided Utility Terrain Vehicle tour with Alistair Trewin from Glenstrae 4WD Adventures 

  • Private scenic helicopter flight with Kaikoura Helicopters 

  • Meeting local farming families

  • A private cultural tour with a local Kaumātua

  • Hear local’s accounts of their experience and recovery from the 2016 earthquake 

  • Guided tours of 3 Queen Elizabeth II conservation areas

  • Local stories from your friendly, professional guides

(Some of the experiences are weather dependent and may occur on a different day or be replaces with a new activity).

Tour Departure Dates:


Monday 26th September 2022

(Best month for seeing the Huttons shearwaters).

Monday 28 Nov 2022​

Monday 13th March 2023


Tour Price:


NZ$4,450 per person

Twin share but single supplement maybe available on a first come first served basis.

Group Size:

8 + 2 Driftwood Guides

Tour Duration:

4 nights, 5 days


2 SUV vehicles with driver/guides


Twin share at the beautiful Te Mahuru Retreat with local hosts Jen and Paul

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Meet new friends, try new things.

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Tour Inclusions:

  • Pick up and drop off from anywhere in Kaikōura

  • 4 nights accommodation with breakfasts

  • A professionally designed menu, unique for this tour is dropped off fresh to your retreat each day, Guests will be asked to take turns heating, serving and cleaning up afterwards, there is a butler’s kitchen and a dishwasher

  • Driftwood Eco Tours offsets its carbon emissions for the year by donating to the Puhi Peaks conservation reserve via Toitu Enviromark.

  • Two experienced tour guides on each tour, so we can personalize your experience for you.

  • One evening meal is at a local restaurant

  • Morning teas and lunches are a combination of catered picnics and local hospitality

  • Alcoholic drinks are B.Y.O

  • Access fees to private and DoC property

  • Travel with peace of mind, we do our very best to reduce our impact on climate change by donating to the establishment of native forest at Puhi Peaks conservation reserve in Kaikoura, the only nesting site of the Huttons shearwater.  

Other Details

Do you need help with organising transport, flights or insurance for your tour? We can refer you to a person who can organise your travel and travel insurance before and after your tour. Just let us know how as early as possible.

We are committed to keeping everyone safe, including the people we visit. To achieve this we have put in place a Covid 19 code of practice. Please read this here.


Want to create your own private tour? Talk to us about creating a completely customised personal tour for you, your partner, family or friends. We would love your dreams to become reality. 

"Fabulous scenery and tantalizing family and social histories"
Jacky Renouf
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