This page contains information about all the ways we're working to support and develop our community. Explore the links below and if there's something you can't find, you can contact our Community Services team
Residential Advisory Service
Residential Advisory Service (Community Law Canterbury) are in town monthly to provide free legal advice (about rebuild, insurance or any other matter you may need help with). Call 027 537 0159 or email Karen on email@example.com
Community Law Marlborough
Community Law Marlborough has created a short information sheet for if you are planning to write a will, or if you are planning to apply for Probate (which is asking the Court's permission to carry out your role as executor of a will).
You can see a full list and contact info for all sports, leisure and hobby groups in the district on our website. If we've missed something, let us know!
A complete list and contact information for all the health, education & social services available in our district.
The “go to” place for Kaikōura residents who want to learn.
A place that will promote opportunities, promote conversation around education and allow space for families individuals and agencies to achieve their goals.
Kaikōura Community Vehicle Trust is a Charitable Trust run by 9 board members to provide reliable and reasonably priced transport to our community for local shopping and appointments as well as out of town medical appointments.
All of the drivers are volunteers who happily give their time up for the communtiy. They pick you up and drop you off at your home.
Van trips and costs
Wednesday and Friday 9:30am-12:30pm
Shopping and around Kaikōura town
Town residents - $7 return trip
South Bay - $10 return trip
Hapuku - $15 return trip
Trips to Christchurch
1 person - $85 return
2 people - $75 each return
Trips to Blenheim
1 person - $75 return
2 people - $65 each return.
To make an appointment for any of these services, contact the Trust on 027 346 3751.
Kaikōura Shuttles offer a local shuttle service/transfers within Kaikōura as well as private transfers in one of their luxury vehicles.
Transport within Town Boundary
$8.00 per person (minimum charge 1 person $15.00)
Including Seal Colony and South Bay
Airfield – Town
1-2 persons $25.00
3 or more $10.00 per person
1 Hour - $30.00 per Person
2 Hour - $58.00 per Person
Mt Fyffe / Hinau Walking Track
$40.00 each way 1- 4 people
5 or more $10.00 per person
(8 Hours Return Walk)
Day Charters and private transfer Service Available on request
Kaikoura Shuttles (03) 3196166
(last updated 01 October 2018)
Council-led Community Services
We’re a small district with just over 3,500 residents in just over 2,000 square kilometres. Although we’re small, our takiwā (district) offers plenty - on land, out on the water or up in our skies.
The booklet linked below contains information about local services, organisations and activities that we hope will help you get settled in, and get to know our district.
Whether you are here for a short time or have made the move to Kaikōura permanently, we look forward to welcoming you to one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Right now there’s a shortage of housing and accommodation in our district. Council are working with a number of local and national organisations to try to find solutions to our housing issues.
Winter is here and we want to help keep your home warm and dry.
Our Winter Warmer programme is about helping residents get their houses warm, safe, secure and sanitised as soon as possible. The team is working with tenants, landlords, insurers, individual homeowners to get ‘quick fixes’ and temporary repairs in place before the worst of the cold arrives.
The programme includes:
- Making houses ‘weather tight’ – fixing leaks, making sure windows and doors open and close properly, sealing cracks in walls and ceilings.
- Making houses warmer – fixing windows, stopping drafts, installing thermally lined curtains, looking at insulation and heat-source options.
- Making homes secure – checking outside doors close and lock properly
This programme is all about helping our community get winter ready and the team are here to help.
Contact the team on 027 564 8252 to book a home visit, discuss your options or refer someone who could benefit from the team’s help.
EQC has some handy information for those navigating their way through insurance. We have tried to put all the links in one handy place. If there's a question you can't find an answer to, get in touch and we will do our best to help you out!
The Kaikōura Social Recovery Team is door knocking across the district to see if there is anything we can do for you. They've put together a brochure that lists all sorts of helpful services and support in the district - share this with anyone who think might need it.
They’ve also got a 24/7 message service. If you’ve got a question, need some help or know someone who does, call them, leave a message and someone will check it and get back to you within 2 days.
All Right? is working alongside the Kaikōura community on a range of initiatives designed to make people more aware of their wellbeing and ways to improve it.
The Mayoral fund gives those who need it most a little helping hand. You may be eligible more than once so if you’ve already received a grant but are still facing hardship, apply again.
The grant is given to those who need the funds to pay for essentials for daily life (bills, groceries, reading glasses or whiteware etc), those facing extra financial burden or costs due to the earthquake and those facing costs not covered by insurance or other funds (such as WINZ support).
How the fund works:
- Applications are open for anyone who was a resident of our district on 14 November 2016 who is now experiencing hardship as a result of the earthquake
- Applications are assessed and paid out monthly
- Grants are paid directly into successful applicant’s nominated bank accounts
- Hardship grants are generally around $500 per household, but may vary according to needs
More information: Mayoral Relief Fund Fact sheet
How to apply:
- Complete the Mayoral Relief Fund Application Form
- Return it to the Kaikōura District Council via firstname.lastname@example.org or post or drop it in to the Council Office, Level 2, 96 Esplanade, Kaikōura.
- Council will asses your claim and let you know the outcome.
Want to make a donation?
Donations can be made to bank account 02-0856-0011698-005.
How does this fit with the Recovery Plan?
Recovery Plan Goal: Strengthen community resilience, safety and wellbeing; ensure everyone in the community has their essential needs met; and enhance quality of life for residents and visitors.
How we'll achieve it
Support health and wellbeing: Undertake a stocktake of community needs and services provided. Develop a Healthy Kaikōura partnership to coordinate and deliver programmes that support community wellbeing and connectedness. Monitor health and wellbeing outcomes and regularly review progress and actions.
Meet housing needs: Determine temporary accommodation needs and ensure adequate case management support is available. Provide guidance on repairing or rebuilding homes to be healthy, efficient and resilient. Identify actions to meet current and future housing needs including regulatory and non-regulatory methods.
Elderly care: Encourage the private sector to establish a retirement village and dementia care facilities.
Community activities: Support organisations working to enliven Kaikōura, strengthen community connections, wellbeing and build resilience for earthquake affected communities.
Community facilities: Develop a long-term community facilities plan to repair or replace key community facilities such as pools or playgrounds. Investigate a visitor levy or contribution to support tourism related facilities.