One Of NZ’s Finest Private Walks -
The Kaikoura Coast Track
By Struan Boot
The beautiful district of Kaikoura is located on the north-eastern coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It’s part of the Canterbury region and is most famous for its connection to whaling and whale watching, and is also renowned for its abundant sea life, so much so that it holds a festival every year to celebrate. It’s coastal location also lends itself to some beautiful scenery and incredible views which lead to the creation of one of New Zealand’s finest private walks – The Kaikoura Coast Track.
The Kaikoura Coast Track is a three day walking adventure where your hosts will guide you through some of the incredible Kaikoura district. Groups are limited to ten people so the treks are intimate and personalised, allowing the group to set the pace of the walk.
One first night you gather at The Loft in Ngaroma where you will meet the other group members, enjoy a glass of wine and a barbecue dinner with your hosts. A great way to get acquainted with your travelling companions in a lovely setting.
Day one sees you walk approximately 13 kilometres, about 4 – 6 hours along the beach where you may see dolphins and seals close to the shore, then head across open farmland to the Medina homestead where you will spend your second night. The Whare, Medina is a fully functioning farm and offers visitors an insight into busy life on a back country sheep farm.
Day two is another 13 kilometre walk up through Medina into the Hawkswood Range to Mount Wilson. You’ll be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Banks Peninsula around to the Southern Alps. From here you will also be able to see The Staging Post where you will be spending the evening. Lunch is at the Mount Wilson Hut. Night three is enjoyed The Staging Post, Hawkswood, a historic sheep station. The venue has a range of vintage machinery, horsedrawn vehicles and character buildings.
Your third day is a further 13 kilometre walk which offers bush-clad landscapes and views of the Kaikoura Mountains and coastline. A picturesque way to complete your journey. Enjoy your lunch at the Skull Peak day hut amongst the tussocks.
This private walk is a truly unique way to see the beauty of the Kaikoura Coast, experience life on the farms that along the route, whilst also being catered for and pampered by your hosts along the way. The best of both worlds.
Heading to Kaikoura this summer? Book your accommodation at the Alpine-Pacific Holiday Park.