Kincaid Cottage


Welcome to Kaikoura - where the mountains meet the sea. Here you will find a vast array of wildlife. There is much to see and do, well worth a few days stay. Whale watching and swimming with the dolphins are the main attractions, though once here visitors are often taken with the other interesting activities available.

Due to the fact that the most popular tours are weather dependent (the sea can be too rough at times) it is advisable to allow an extra day for a better chance of tours operating. Due to demand, advance bookings are recommended, especially in summer.

Kincaid Cottage
We have a variety of activities available all free of charge to cottage guests. These include use of our newly resurfaced tennis court, short lookout walk, a selection of board games and a small book exchange library.

Indulge Body & Soul Spa
Treat yourself!!!

Maori Tours -
The best Maori cultural activity in NZ.
Let Morris take you on a 3 hour tour around Kaikoura to some important sites for Maori history and culture. Learn about the plants and their uses, understand their values and customs. Morris's family have lived in these parts for hundreds of years and he is very knowledgeable and informative.

Kaikoura Night Sky -
Come & discover the magic of the Night Sky.
We are well known for our clear sky, making it an ideal place to look through an 8 inch Reflector Telescope at the stars, planets and beyond. Learn the science, practical knowledge, Maori knowledge and mythology.
Tours are 1 - 1.5 hours and commence 1 hour after sunset.

Whale Watching
Kaikoura is famous for its whales and they are usually just a couple of kilometres offshore.
There are three ways to see them;

Dolphin Swimming -
Whether as a spectator or swimmer this is a wonderful experience. Three hours in duration, trips leave at 5.30am, 8.30am and 12.30pm in the summer. Bookings are essential. The wetsuits and all gear are supplied. Credit card details are required to hold a booking, this can be cancelled up to 4pm the day before with no charge.

Quad Biking at Glenstrae Farm 4 wheeler adventures -
This is an awesome trip where you ride through farm land, hill country, native bush and along the coastline, spectacular scenery and fun!!!No experience necessary, full tuition given.

Albatross Encounter - - coastal boat trip specifically designed for bird watching.

Horse Trekking -
Ride through some of Kaikouras best scenery of native bush, riverbeds, farmland & mountain foothills. Experience is not essential & their is a variety of rides to suit all abilites.

Maori Leap Cave
A unique sea formed cave with stalagmites, stalactites, straws & limestone flow. Guided walking tours explain the geology and history of this interesting cave.

There are numerous walks for all capabilities.
The Kaikoura peninsula is a magnificent walk with it stunning scenery, it's beautiful wildlife (seal colonies and bird life).

Bush walks: 

Mountain Walks:

Beach Walk:

Kaikoura is also world-renown for its consistently good waves, of which there is an abundance, varying from gentle slow breaking waves (for the beginner) to the faster breaking hollowed variety for the more experienced surfer.
A couple of points easily qualify as world class standard with long winding waves & fast hollow tubes as good as you will find anywhere. Wetsuits & boards can be hired, lessons are also available.

Other activities: