The ultimate Kaikōura adventure for nature lovers and foodies, this journey combines whale watching from the sky with an indulgent long lunch at Hapuku Kitchen

South Island, New Zealand

Discover Kaikōura's diverse marine wildlife and abundance of exceptional produce on this unforgettable half-day tour. Starting with a helicopter flight to observe one of New Zealand’s most unique marine life canyons from above, you'll then journey between the soaring peaks of the Kaikōura mountains and the South Island's wild northeastern Pacific coast to the internationally renowned Hapuku Kitchen. Owner and chef Fiona Read will welcome you to her home where you'll tour the gardens and world-class kitchen while learning how she makes the most of the produce grown, harvested and caught in and around Kaikōura. Following the tour, relax and enjoy a seasonal long lunch featuring the region's very best ingredients.

This experience can be upgraded to incorporate a cooking class where you'll share in the creation of the feast.

Getting here

Kaikōura is located on the northeast coast of New Zealand's South Island, between Christchurch (2.5 hours by road) and Blenheim (90 minutes). Walk into Luxury offers fully customised journeys including accommodation, nature-based experiences and private transfers.


Year-round, subject to weather conditions and availability.

Note: This experience is only available when booked with accommodation or a Walk into Luxury Journey that includes time on New Zealand's South Island. Refer to the suggested combinations below or contact us for further private journey options.

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