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.
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.
Airport and Harbour
|Fee/Charge||Price per landing (inc GST)|
|Up to 800kg gross take-off weight||$7.00|
|Aerial spray contractors||$7.00 per tonne|
Air Kaikōura is the longest running whale flight operator in Kaikōura. They offer whale experiences, scenic flights and charter flights. They also offerpilot-a-plane, where you can learn the basics of flying while enjoying stunning views of the spectacular Kaikōura mountain range and coastline from the air.
Pilot training is available with a full-time instructor to oversee flight training.
South Pacific Helicopters offers whale watching, scenic experiences and private and commercial charters by helicopter all year round.
Experience a unique perspective whale watching by slowly orbiting above the whale, see the whale in its entirety from 'tip to tail'. Take in some of NZ's most beautiful coastal shores, alpine landings (snow landings in season), or experience the geological and environmental changes to Kaikōura coastal areas, raised seabeds, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure.
South Pacific Helicopters offer a variety of commercial cost effective precision lifting including cargo lifting (water tanks, stock feed, building materials), sling training services, filming, photography, conservation and environmental research services.
Wings over Whales have been conducting whale watching scenic flights since November 1991. Wings Over Whales are committed to providing a world class visitor experience that minimises their impact on the environment, encourages environmental awareness about marine mammal behaviour and provides information about the uniqueness of Kaikōura's coastal setting.
Today they offer whale watching flights, scenic air tours and private charters.
Under New Zealand's Civil Aviation rules, drones must not be flown within 4 km of a helipad or airport unless you are either flying below tree heights (shielded) or you have a licence/permit/permission from aerodrome operators.
Kaikōura has three sites that fall into this category, the airport, hospital and Whale Watch. This means drones must not be flown anywhere in the circles shown on the image on the left.
Flying drones on DOC land
Note if you wish to land or fly a drone on public conservation land for any reason you must have authorisation from DOC.
For more information see DOC's
Guidance for flying drones near marine mammals
Flying drones in the vicinity of marine mammals (such as whales, dolphins, and seals) can stress or disrupt them. Even though an animal might not appear to be disturbed, it could be quite stressed.
It is an offence to harass or disturb marine mammals. To avoid disturbing or harassing marine mammals you must:
- fly no closer than 150 m horizontally from a point directly above any marine mammal
- not disturb or harass any marine mammal with your drone; e.g. don’t chase, herd or scatter them
- not make any sudden or repeated change in speed or direction
- not make any loud or disturbing noises near marine mammals
- abandon contact at the first sign of any marine mammal being disturbed.
- take off at least 100 m from any marine mammal on the shore or the land
- not fly within 300 m of any marine mammal if there are already three drones, other aircraft, or boats within 300 m of that marine mammal
- keep at least 50 m from any other drone
Getting closer to marine mammals
If you want to fly your drone closer than 150 m horizontally from a marine mammal, whether commercially or recreationally, you must have a permit from DOC to “disturb or harass” marine mammals.
See interacting with marine mammals for more information about the marine mammal permit application process.
If you have any questions or concerns about flying your drone near marine mammals contact the Christchurch Permissions Team.
Reporting unsafe drone flights
If a drone presents an immediate danger, call 111 and ask for the Police.
If you see or experience inappropriate drone use on DOC land or near marine mammals report it to your local DOC office or you can call our emergency hotline 0800 DOC HOT (0800 362 468).
To report a rule breach contact the Civil Aviation Authority 0508 4 SAFETY (0508 472 338) or email email@example.com
You will need to provide the time and location of the incident, and any other details about the person flying the drone.
Situated on the southern side of the Kaikōura Peninsula, the Marina has a seawall, slipway, fuel facility, public toilet, boat wash down area and parking for buses, cars, trailers and boats.
If you wish to pay for your Recreational Slipway Fee online, our bank account details are:
Kaikōura District Council
Please give us a call 03 319 5026 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your details. ie: Name, Address, Phone Number and the boat trailer registration number. We can post the ticket to you once your payment has been confirmed.
Harbour Fees (incl. GST)
Recreational Slipway Fee
$ 10.00 per launch (this is to be paid at the Slipway, envelopes supplied)
$ 85.00 per month
$299.00 per annum
Commercial Slipway Fee
Slipway Fee (commercial user) - $1,725.00 per annum
South Bay Boat park Lease (per boat park) - $3,450.00 per annum
Fishing Charters and other Commercial Users - $230.00 per month
Berthage Fees - New North Wharf - $2,300.00 per annum
Passenger Cruise vessels - $500.00 per visit
Both wharves are on the northern side of the peninsula, the North Wharf on Wakatu Quay and the Old Wharf on Avoca Street.
The North Wharf deck is designed for highway normal loading as per the Transit bridge manual, and the fendering system is designed for a boat of a maximum loading of 100 tonnes displacement (a fishing vessel of up to 20m long).
The depth alongside is approximately 2.5m below chart datum and leading lights are in place for the approach to the wharf.
- Download a PDF showing Council managed community facilities (Kaikōura Peninsula)
- Download a PDF showing Council managed community facilities (West End)
- Swimming Pool rebuild
- Council’s horizontal infrastructure rebuild (roads, bridges, and three waters networks)
- Natural hazards and land damage
- Harbourmaster's Office
01 February 2019