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Events Diary

Kaikoura hosts a number of events throughout the year that take advantage of the township's unique proximity to the mountains and the sea. Come along and enjoy Kaikoura's stunning scenery and the hospitality of the local community.

Please note that any prices shown are subject to change without notice and should be used as a guide only.


Kaikoura Roots Festival
The Kaikoura Roots Festival is now established as the destination for roots-minded music lovers and summer road-trippers. The festival features a contemporary line up of original roots, reggae, dancehall, dub and jungle artists.

The Kaikoura Lions Club Fishing Contest
Kaikoura's annual fund-raiser for the keen shore fisherman.


Kaikoura Show Day
Where the country meets the town!


Art in the Dark
The annual art exhibition that features the diverse and often challenging work of Kaikoura's numerous artists.

July - August

"48 hours in Kaikoura" Photo Exhibition
The aim of "48 hours in Kaikoura" is to have those who know and love Kaikoura best to capture its complexity, diversity and beauty on film.


Kaikoura Seafest
Kaikoura's premier festival featuring wine and food from the region, Seafest is an annual celebration of the abundance of the ocean and all it represents for the Kaikoura region. The festival is a taste, sight and sound extravaganza for those who enjoy good food, good company and a good time. An impressive variety of products offered, presented in many weird and wonderfully creative ways - enjoyed with continuous live entertainment throughout the day. The fine food, wines, and beverages featured are predominantly from the local Kaikoura, Marlborough, and North Canterbury regions.

Kaikoura Trotting Cup
Head to Kaikoura for a day of exciting racing by the sea, where a great social atmosphere is guaranteed.  The feature race of the day is the DB Draught Kaikoura Cup, with a stake of $27,000. This is the last qualifying race for horses to enter the New Zealand Cup. South Bay Race Course, South Bay Parade.

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