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Bernie's Diner Kaikoura

Tucked into the shelter of a peninsula jutting out into the Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura has many water activities to offer. Fur seals lounge on rocks just metres from the shore, dusky and Hector’s dolphins frolic in the sea within sight of town, while only a few kilometres further out, giant sperm whales haunt the depths.

The sperm whale can be seen all year round off Kaikoura and is the third largest whale in the world, only beaten by the blue and fin whales. Whale watching in Kaikoura is a real must do and the experience is simply legendary! Our friendly staff can offer suggestions to for things to see and do while in the region...just ask.

Here are only few examples of 'not to be missed' activities while in town:

Whale Watch: World-class nature experience – get on a boat and go out to find the whales. Run by Kati Kuri, a sub-tribe of Ngai Tahu iwi, Whale Watch believe their business is an extension of their cultural values: conservation and harmony with nature and interdependence between man and nature. Award-winning…multiple awards!

Kaikoura Kayaks: Guided tours, kayak school, kayak hire. Get up close with sea life….fur seals, dolphins, birds.

Kaikoura Coast Track: Kaikoura’s coastal track is a breathtakingly beautiful two day walk. Discover a coast with abundant marine life, tussock covered tops and farmland. 3-day 40km walk along the coast, accommodation in cottages with hot water and flush toilets, meals supplied if required.

Emporium BrewingOriginally established in Christchurch in 2015, Emporium is now based right here in Kaikoūra and produce a wide range of award-winning craft beers. The brewery have an off-licence selling our beers in bottles or riggers to take away and enjoy, and a newly opened relaxed onsite bar. They also have an 18-hole mini golf course & two escape rooms.


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Bernie's Diner & Harmon's Classic Car Museum: Kaikoura's very own American Style Diner is the perfect place for those who are ready for a tasty refuel...with delicious American style Burgers, Donuts, Milkshakes and more. While you're there make sure to visit the Harmon’s Motor Museum, with its impressive collection of classic vehicles and memorabilia. A great place for the whole family to enjoy. Located on Beach Rd (SH1) with plenty of parking.



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The following videos highlight our beautiful town of Kaikōura and some of the local attractions you can enjoy...

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Acknowledgements: The Pier Hotel would like to gratefully acknowledge ASPhotography , Destination Kaikoura and Whale Watch Kaikoura for allowing us to share their images on our website. 

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