Tracks & Trails
Due to The Kaikoura Earthquake our track options have changed. Track 2 The Kaikoura Peninsula Discovery Walk is available to prebooked groups only until further notice. We are also offering guided walks to the wider South Canterbury/Timaru and Mackenzie Lake Tekapo Areas. Please contact us for further details or go to our new brand for more tour options.
We are also offering Photography Adventure Workshops in these places
Timaru Discovery Walk including Maori Rock Art Display and Experience for info click here
Walks Kaikoura Trip Options
Sharing The Experience Where the Mountains Meet the Sea
Mountain Experience – Forest – Coastal
We offer customise tours for example longer walks, fitness is required – please enquire. Our trips require medium fitness, how much time you have and your ability (some trips may not be suitable for children under 10yrs) Homemade Food including tea and coffee and commentary provided (Morning / Afternoon tea and lunch (client to carry their own food) transport if necessary. It is very important to follow the trip requirements because the weather can change in the Kaikoura region. The tracks are well formed and mostly quite wide you may encounter uneven surfaces, rocks, and sometimes water ( wet feet is a possibility ) Walk times include travel and refreshment breaks.
WALK 1 - Mount Fyffe Track to the mountain hut Full day 5 hours approx (Heli-Hiking Option Available)
This is a brilliant trip because on the lower mountain you experience the native forest and birds as you wind your way up the stunning views appear and in no time you are in an alpine environment, looking over steep ridges, down into deep river valleys before reaching the mountain hut where you will experience breathtaking views of the mountains and the ocean while enjoying your refreshments. It is rare to get this opportunity anywhere in the world easily so close to sea level.
This option to the hut will take approx 5hrs (to the summit by arrangement) This track is wide but steep in places you can take your time your efforts will soon be rewarded.
2 – 3 hrs walking time to the hut where you can rest, eat and explore, then return.
Fittness - Med to Fit
Mt Fyffe Heli-Hiking Trip - click here for specific trip details
WALK 2 - Short Walk - Kaikoura Peninsula Discovery Walk – includes morning or afternoon tea and entry to Fyffe House - Group Booking only available at this time
2.5 – 3 hours - Leave at 9.00am or 1.00pm or by arrangement
Easy flat walk after a short path up and then down to the coast. Start with a bush track then 360oC million dollar views where the mountains almost tumble into the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Learn about the unique Kaikoura canyon and its location.
Discover the rich Peninsula one of the most biologically diverse locations on the South Islands East Coast, seabirds, fish, marine life fascinating limestone formations you name it.
Visit the oldest house (building) in Kaikoura built on Whale bones (registered as a category 1 historic place). Enjoy commentary, tales and a traditional English Devonshire tea here among the most captivating view at every turn. Learn about whaling past, visit fur seals and much, much more.
WALK 3 - Halfmoon Bay Track Half day approx 4 1/2hrs hours
This track is wide with easy gradient, walking through the lower forest opening out to great views of the forest below, the ocean and the mountains. Enjoy the birds, flora and fauna When we reach the saddle the 360 degree views are stunning a great place to stop and have refreshments. This area is steeped in history. A lovely trip in the wilderness. There is an option to go down on to the beach where you can view seals and sea birds etc.
WALK 4 - Coastal Track Half day 4 hours
Our coastal walk starts off at the beach, there are many points of interest along the way, from shells to sea birds to seals sunbathing or frolicking in the pools. The Pacific Ocean can either be soft waves lapping the shore to spectacular surf rushing in splashing over the large rocks making for a fascinating sight. We leave the beach and walk through the forest to a lookout point where the views will amaze you. Sometimes you can see large pods of dusky dolphins playing from here, if you are very lucky you may even see a migrating Whale, it is a nice place to spend time with great photo opportunities. Back down to the beach for refreshments.
For queries on any of the trip options please feel free to contact us for more information.
What our guests have to say about our walks
Heli Hike I would like to thank you for a wonderful Heli Hiking adventure on Mt Fyffe Kaikoura. From the summit of Mt Fyffe I was amazed to be able to see spectacular views of snow covered mountains and then just turn around and see amazing views of the Pacific Ocean extending around the Peninsula. The helicopter ride to the summit was exciting and enabled us to leisurely walk back down the mountain side. Thank you for the experience and wonderful memories. We just can't wait to come back again.
Susanna & Marty Australia
I am writing to say how much our group enjoyed the trekking in Kaikoura. You and Ron were awesome and really made us welcome. We all enjoyed your humour and the treks you chose for us. We all got back to Auckland wiser for the experience in your great part of the country. Special thanks for the treats – such a nice thing to do and it was much appreciated. We will all recommend your guiding service to all we meet.
Cheers Chester and group of 12 - Auckland NZ
Terrific, enjoyable, personable, the best experience of Kaikoura - Barbara USA
Fabulous walk, great guide and lovely cake. Thank you - Sheelagh and Kevin England
Wonderful views, cheerful and helpful guide. Thanks - Vicki Australia