Important:

1st Jan 2017

On Monday 14th November 2016, a strong earthquake struck in our area. The earthquake did not adversely affect SurfWatch, and we are operating normally.

WhaleWatch, Dolphin Encounter, and Seal Swim are all running limited trips, but the harbour is being fixed quickly. Wings Over Whales is operating normally. About half the restaurants are in town are open. Just be careful on our local roads - there is scattered minor damage, but it is all well-marked now. However, the State Highway One (SH1) out of Kaikoura to the north remains closed due to heavy damage, and will likely remain closed for several months.

Access to Kaikoura is via SH1 from the south, and via the Inland Road, SH70.

There are night time restrictions on SH1. Please leave Christchurch by 5:00pm and do not stop along the way to ensure you get through. The road closes at Oaro (about 20 kms south of Kaikoura) at 7:15pm. Full details are here: NZTA Travel Information

Considering so few people were hurt, this has been a very exciting and fascinating once in a lifetime event. The landscape in our entire area has changed. Until SH1 to the north gets fixed, SurfWatch is about 2km from the end of the road.


Welcome to SurfWatch Getaway Cottages, Kaikoura, South Island, New Zealand

“Here you will experience the amazing and mysterious moods of nature”

Breath-taking views…. but the photos cannot convey the charisma you feel here. SurfWatch offers peace and quiet and views that enchant you. A great place to relax and unwind.

Our guests say “It is everything in the photos, and more”. “If we would have known, we would have stayed longer”.

A rural country setting on the northern outskirts of Kaikoura, SurfWatch features rooms and cottages nestled in a unique garden setting. Nothing commercial here! Entrances are private and parking is near your doorway. The rooms feature artistic detailing with unique woodwork and stonework of local artists.

  • 12 minutes north of Kaikoura.   See travel times from other places
  • Rural, country setting on a 5 acre property
  • Optional Continental breakfast. At your leisure, self-prepared in your room with provisions provided. No interruptions, appointments, or obligations!
  • Sea views to the East, Mountain views to the West
  • Overlooks the surf and the Pacific Ocean
  • Private access to rooms
  • Excellent surfing (surfing lessons can be arranged)
  • Beachcombing and sight seeing
  • Wireless internet access includes 100MB free access per day(Zenbu)

“The sound of surf upon the shore, the ever changing skies and light, The beauty of the starry heavens in the velvet darkness of the night, the birdsong, flowers, trees and mountains high all conspire and unite to make this truly magical place … SurfWatch.”
–Glenis Rich, guest.

Tip: If you are booking for whale watching or swimming with the dolphins, book at least two nights in Kaikoura. Due to the changeable weather conditions here, trip cancellations are common.