Summer is the season most anticipated by New Zealanders, a chance to kick back and relax over the festive season when you can enjoy some wonderful weather, and activities in the sunshine. Perhaps you are considering a summer holiday in Kaikoura, and if so, there are plenty of things to see and do during your vacation. Located in northeast Canterbury, in the South Island of New Zealand, Kaikoura is within easy distance of Wellington (via the Interislander ferry) and Christchurch making it a great destination for both North and South Islanders to visit.

First consideration is usually where to stay, and you will find in Kaikoura accommodation options range from a basic campsite in a camping ground to exclusive 5-star hotels, however choosing self-contained accommodation means you are able to enjoy the walk-in walk-out nature of this type of accommodation, you’ll have more space than a motel, and your surroundings will be luxurious without the 5-star price tag.

Choosing something centrally located means you probably won’t even need the car to get to the many activities available. Going whale watching is a must for every visitor to the town whether you choose to take one of the boat trips or see them from on high via a helicopter ride. You can also choose to encounter dolphin and albatross. Seafood lovers will be in heaven in Kaikoura and there are many ways to end up with a fresh catch of local seafood on your plate for dinner. There are many fishing charters available to take you out to catch Blue Cod, Grouper and Sea Perch or take a diving charter for a chance to get Paua and Crayfish.

If you want to get out and see a bit of the countryside during your holiday, there are a couple of great choices – horse trekking will take you through native bush and over farm land with great views, and you can choose from half an hour to a couple of hours depending on your skill level, an alternative is to go llama trekking – the llama’s carry all the equipment, including your picnic, while you enjoy hiking around the Kaikoura Bay. This is something fun and unique to experience during your holiday.

There are also many events in the region over the summer, which vary from year to year, so check with your Kaikoura accommodation provider to find out what is on during your stay so you can attend these wonderful events. Don’t forget that even just taking a good book or magazine and relaxing at the beach is a great way to enjoy the summer. Check out CarSite.co.uk for getting Used Car OR Renting & Leasing