Council looks after a number of buildings, facilities, parks, reserves and land on behalf of the community.
This page contains background and information on using or booking the Kaikōura Airport, Harbour Facilities, Memorial Hall, Scout Hall, Tennis Courts on Takahanga Domain, the Cuddon Building, Esplanade Offices and other community facilities.
Other community facilities pages:
- Latest updates about the rebuild of earthquake damaged Council managed community facilities
- General background about Council managed community facilities that were damaged by the November 2016 earthquake
Council managed community facilities
Memorial Hall is situated at 32 Esplanade, Kaikōura. With a central location and picturesque views, Memorial Hall is the ideal venue for functions, conferences, weddings and community events.
It is available for hire and hall facilities include the following:
- Main Hall and smaller Supper Room (hired together or individually)
- Commercial kitchen
- Dispense bar
- Toilets and changing room
- Meeting rooms, small & large
- Chairs and tables
- AV Equipment
- PA System
Read more about Memorial Hall hire fees here.
Read more about Memorial Hall Terms & Conditions including AV hire here.
Book the hall
Inquire about hall availability using this easy online form easy online form.
Or give us a call on 03 319 5026
Hall repair and upgrade
Memorial Hall requires repairs and upgrades to meet code requirements and allow wider use by the community.
Work is expected to start late April 2019 and will take up to six months to complete (to the end of October 2019). The main hall will be closed during this period. Other areas of the building should become available earlier.
For more information on Memorial Hall repairs and upgrades, see the Community Facilities Rebuild page.
The Scout Hall is located on Beach Road, Kaikōura and was built in 1901. It is sometimes known as the Drill Hall, which is due to it being used for troops to practice their marching. It was left to the community and so is now part of the 'Community Facilities' package managed by Council.
The Scout Hall has housed many community groups and initiatives over the years including Scouts, the community meal, sports/fitness groups, youth events and more. It is a much loved facility by the community but needs a little tender loving care in order to repair the damage that was caused by the 2016 earthquake.
November 2018: The Drama Club section of the Scout Hall (northern side) is currently closed due to earthquake damage. Council are working with key community users and groups throughout the repair process to ensure that community voice is represented.
The Cuddon Building is located at 25 Beach Road and is home to the Kaikōura Community OpShop.
The OpShop is run by volunteers and all proceeds support community projects.
Opening hours are:
The facilities below are Council managed and all are maintained by Innovative Waste Kaikōura (excluding Kiwa Road).
There are a number of other toilets around town that are managed privately or by other organisations.
|West End||49 West End|
|North||Mill Road, SH1 and Beach Road intersection|
|Jimmy Armers||Beach, walkway, Fyffe Quay|
|Point Kean||Seal colony, walkway, 40 Fyffe Quay|
|South Bay Marina||Moa Point, South Bay|
|South Bay Reserve||Peninsula walkway gateway, South Bay|
|Kiwa Road||Kiwa Road, basic facility (maintained by Surf Club)|
|Jimmy Armers||Cold - basic public shower (Managed by Council)|
|BP Petrol Station||Cost to use (Managed by BP)|
There are two tennis courts available for use at Takahanga Domain (Corner of Esplanade and Killarney Street).
The Domain is a historically and culturally significant site.
The lower tennis courts were damaged in the 2016 earthquake.
The existing swimming pool in Kaikōura on the Esplanade was closed in 2016 after it was damaged by the earthquake. Since then, Council has provided funding support for a temporary "pop-up" pool.
Work is continuing to find the best long term solution for the community pool in Kaikōura.
Find out more about the Swimming Pool Rebuild here.
Kaikōura has the South Bay Marina, situated on the southern side of the Kaikōura Peninsula with a seawall, slipway, fuel facility, public toilet, boat wash down area and parking for buses, cars, trailers and boats.
On the northern side of the peninsula, there are also the North Wharf on Wakatu Quay and the Old Wharf on Avoca Street.
Read more about Kaikōura's Harbour Facilities here.
Situated at Peketa, approximately 8km south of Kaikōura township, the airport is a simple but modern facility.
This facility is located along Esplanade and is used by different community members and groups.
The offices suffered some damage in the 2016 earthquake and Council are working through what needs to be done to make the building safe and secure for the community.
To find out more about the Esplanade Offices, get in touch with Council.
Council manages a number of parks and reserves throughout the district including walkways and recreation facilities.
Due to the wide variety of use for our parks and reserves, rules and management plans may differ between areas.
There are two skateparks located in town that provide a place for fun, active recreation in a great outdoor setting, not only for those living in Kaikōura but for visitors as well.
One is opposite the tennis courts at Takahanga Domain.
The skatepark here was damaged in the 2016 earthquake and repaired before Christmas 2017. Repair work by Council included smoothing of cracks and bumps, and concrete work. Work that was necessary to re-establish use was completed, with local contractors helping out.
The Kaikōura Youth Council received Lotteries Board funding in 2017 and a timber half pipe structure was built at Gooches Beach playground along Esplanade.
Although Council was unable to allocate money to build a new skatepark as part of the 3 Year Plan 2018-2021, we are committed to maintaining the existing one and will continue to repair and maintain it as needed.
Both skateparks were built using money raised by the community and Council maintains them.
29 November 2019