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Surfwatch is located off State Highway One on the east coast of the South Island.

  • 2h 30m drive north of Christchurch.
  • 15 kilometres (12 minutes) north of Kaikoura.
  • 1h 30m drive south from Blenheim
  • 2h 15m drive south from Picton.
  • 3 hours drive south from Nelson.

To ensure our guests’ peaceful experience, there is no sign on the highway. We therefore require advance bookings. Booked guests will receive a map and directions to find us.
To help you plan your trip, use the table below. Please note that these distances and times are approximate:

South Island driving distances and travelling times
Akaroa - Christchurch: 84 km 1:15
Christchurch - Akaroa: 84 km 1:15
Christchurch - Dunedin: 362 km 5:15
Christchurch - Kaikoura: 183 km 2:30
Christchurch - Mount Cook Village: 331 km 4:45
Christchurch - Picton: 336 km 4:45
Christchurch - Tekapo: 226 km 3:15
Collingwood - Nelson: 135 km 2 hr
Dunedin - Christchurch: 362 km 5:15
Dunedin - Mount Cook Village: 331 km 4:45
Dunedin - Te Anau: 290 km 4:15
Dunedin - Tekapo: 303 km 4:15
Fox Glacier - Franz Josef Glacier: 23 km 0:20
Franz Josef Glacier - Fox Glacier: 23 km 0:20
Franz Josef Glacier - Punakaiki: 220 km 3:15
Franz Josef Glacier - Wanaka: 287 km 4 hr
Hokitika - Punakaiki: 84 km 1:15
Kaikoura - Christchurch: 183 km 2:30
Kaikoura - Picton: 157 km 2:15
Marahau - Nelson: 67 km 1:30
Milford Sound-Queenstown: 291 km 4:15
Mount Cook Village - Christchurch: 331 km 4:45
Mount Cook Village - Dunedin: 331km 4:45
Mount Cook Village - Queenstown: 263 km 3:45
Nelson - Collingwood: 135 km 2 hr
Nelson - Marahau: 67 km 1:30
Nelson - Picton: 110 km 1:45
Nelson - Punakaiki: 245 km 3:30
Nelson - Westport: 226 km 3:15
Picton - Christchurch: 336 km 4:45
Picton - Kaikoura: 157 km 2:15
Picton - Nelson: 110 km 1:45
Punakaiki - Franz Josef Glacier: 220 km 3:15
Punakaiki - Hokitika: 84 km 1:15
Punakaiki - Nelson: 245 km 3:30
Queenstown - Milford Sound: 291 km 4:15
Queenstown - Mount Cook Village: 263 km 3:45
Queenstown - Te Anau: 172 km 2:30
Queenstown - Tekapo: 258 km 3:45
Queenstown - Wanaka: 117 km 1:45
Te Anau - Dunedin: 290 km 4:15
Te Anau - Milford Sound: 120 km 1:45
Te Anau - Milford Sound: 120 km 1:45
Te Anau - Queenstown: 172 km 2:30
Tekapo - Christchurch: 226 km 3:15
Tekapo - Dunedin: 303 km 4:15
Tekapo - Queenstown: 258 km 3:45
Wanaka - Franz Josef Glacier: 287 km 4 hr
Wanaka - Queenstown: 117 km 1:45
Westport - Nelson: 226 km 3:15