The following links may be of interest; they are mostly sites that link to this page...
This page is mostly useful for surfers, boaties, muckers-about in boats, pirates, and beachcombers.
Visitors and guests at SurfWatch Getaway Cottages might also be interested.
"Surfwatch is truly a unique and charismatic spot, perched on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, and backdropped by the incredible
Seaward Kaikoura mountains. Here you can enjoy the amazing and mysterious moods of nature. How big will the surf be?
Catch a moonrise, or the watch dolphins play outside your window? How about a sunset that covers the entire sky (except
perhaps the part behind the mountain at your back doorstep)?
Unusual cloud formations, spindrifts, or huge breaking waves? Every day is a fascinating day at SurfWatch!"
Things to do in Kaikoura include whale watching, dolphin swimming, seal swimming, shark cage dives, bush walking, beach walking,
bird watching, yoga classes, tramping (hiking), mountain climbing, skiing and snowboarding, surfing (Learn to Surf),
charter fishing, surf casting, snorkeling, golfing, horse trekking, wine tasting at the winery, and there are plenty of
artists and art galleries to visit.
The Hanmer hot pools are about 2 hours drive away, and in the summer time there are
swimming holes in the rivers to enjoy. We recommend you allow about 3 days to stay in Kaikoura.
SurfWatch is 15 minutes drive north of Kaikoura, perched above the ocean. Mangamaunu Point, about 5 minutes walk away,
is perhaps the South Island's most famous surf breaks - Graveyards and Meatworks. Ohau Seal Colony is located about 10 minutes drive north;
Hapuku Lodge, a bar and restaurant featuring the South Island's largest collection of boutique beers, is a 2 minute drive;
and Seaward Pottery is also a 2 minute drive. From SurfWatch, you can surf or walk the beaches. Beachcombing is fun as "Paua"
shells (New Zealand abalone) can be found. Paua is unique for its rich blue and green colors.