Council looks after a number of buildings, facilities, parks, reserves and land on behalf of the community.
This page contains background and booking information on using the Memorial Hall, Kaikōura Airport, Harbour Facilities, Scout Hall, Tennis Courts on Takahanga Domain, the Cuddon Building, Esplanade Offices and other community facilities.
Memorial Hall is one of the most significant buildings in our district and is located on an area that is pivotal to our shared cultural history. The hall is situated at 32 Esplanade, Kaikōura, with a central location and picturesque views, it is the ideal venue for functions, conferences, weddings and community events.
Anyone can hire Memorial Hall for public or private functions.
Check out the hall charges, terms of booking and make an inquiry about booking the hall below.
Memorial Hall is available for hire. 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
Whyte Construction Ltd began earthquake repairs and additional upgrades on the Memorial Hall on the 6 May 2019 and completed this work in mid-September 2019.
- Repairing minor earthquake damage cracks and doing deferred maintenance and a refresh through the whole building.
- Making the main hall end walls stronger and improving connections between each end by adding full length bracing above ceiling level.
- Improving accessibility, throughout the building and outside, for wheelchair users and others. This includes doorways, ramps and rails.
- Bringing the electrical and fire warning systems up to date.
- Improving stage lighting.
- Replacing wall and ceiling linings to give better acoustics.
The Kaikōura Memorial Hall displays the names of many Kaikōura families whose boys fell in the Second World War, while the plaques on the obelisk across the road now include the names of those killed in the South African War 1899-1902, the first World War, the Korean War 1950-1953, the Malayan conflict 1952-1960, Borneo 1965-1966, and the Vietnam War 1964-1975.
Memorial Hall was built in the 1950s and is used by the community as the main gathering space and event centre. The building caters for a range of events and activities and has facilities including, but not limited to, a main hall with a stage, catering rooms, bar, supper room, meeting rooms and ablutions.
The area that Memorial Hall is located on was an important settlement for early Māori and is of great cultural significance. In the 1820s and 1830s Te Rauparaha and his allies attacked Ngāi Tahu around this area.
1945 – An increase in traffic
On 15 December 1945 the Christchurch-Picton railway was opened at Kaikōura in front of an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 5,000. This development significantly increased a variety of traffic travelling to and through Kaikōura.
1955 - Opening of the hall
A newspaper article from Monday June 27th 1955 describes the opening of the hall:
On a perfect winters day, with bright sunshine and a keenness in the air to remind those present it was nearly the middle of the coldest season of the year, the Kaikōura county memorial to the fallen in the second World War was officially opened last Friday afternoon by the Hon. J. K. McAlpine (Minister of Railways), before a crowd of between 800 and 1000, including representation of the Māori people and neighbouring boroughs and councils… Mr Hewson said that the day was a momentous one in the history of the county and, as chairman, it was his proud privilege and duty to officiate at the very large gathering drawn from every riding in the county and from neighbouring counties also. “Today marks the occasion that we have all looked forward to with a sense of pride and thanksgiving…”
Mr Hewson said he was also pleased to welcome Mr Tirikatene, who had favoured the county with his presence, because he represented the Māori race as a Member of Parliament. “No doubt you are aware that with the kind of co-operation of the Kaikōura Tribal Committee a portion of very sacred and historic native cemetery reserve has been made available so that the Memorial Hall was 32,000 pounds.”
In 1955 upon the opening of Memorial Hall, Mr Tirikatene (Māori MP) prefaced his remarks by addressing those present in Māori, in which he paid a tribute to those who had passed into the great beyond and expressed his sympathy with and paid homage to those who had lost their dear ones. “I also bring you greetings from the Māori people on such an occasion. The guard of honour speaks volumes for the courageous men and women who laid down their lives that we may look out upon the beautiful sea free and unmolested.” Mr Tirikatene offered his sympathy to those who had lost sons on the battlefield and said the memorial to their memory was most outstanding. Mr Tirikatene said he was grateful for the invitation to be present and associated with the Minister in opening such a building. “There is a lot one would like to say, but feel there is little you can.”
Appreciation was expressed by Mr Tirikatene of the reference to the goodwill of the Māori people in acceding to the prayers of the council that part of the Māori cemetery reserve be used on which to build to centre. In bygone days it may have been arduous to persuade the elders to agree to such a request, but with the western civilisation and the harmonious relationship existing between the races a great picture of unanimity had been made possible.
A worthy memorial to the fallen had been brought into being by the sinking of differences of opinion, and this was a great day for Kaikōura and New Zealand – a recognition of those who had paid the supreme sacrifice.
1962 – Ferry increases traffic
From 1962 the roll-on, roll-off ferry between Wellington and Picton brought more freight and passenger traffic, both road and rail. Through all the changes that came to Kaikōura in this period, the Memorial Hall has remained the place that residents and visitors congregate, and come together as a community to celebrate who they are and where they have come from.
2016 – Earthquake impact
After the devastating 2016 earthquake, the Memorial Hall was the only place big enough where the community could once again come together and learn what was happening, where to access clean water, food, petrol and to connect with each other. An analysis of the building was undertaken following the quake, were repairs were identified.
2018 – Repairs from the 2016 earthquake
Council applied to the Lottery Environment and Heritage Fund in August 2018 for funding to repair and upgrade the Memorial Hall, so it can continue to connect and support the Kaikōura community. Council received $75,000 for this work. Council addressed the need of the community to restore, protect and conserve the historically significant and meaningful building, preserving the district’s heritage for future generations.
Thanks to Kaikōura Museum for providing this information.
The Mayfair Arts and Culture Centre
The Mayfair is a two screen cinema, exhibition space and arts hub for Kaikōura and surrounding areas. Reopened in November 2020 following a major rebuild The Mayfair is run by a community team, it is also available for private hire, conferences and corporate events.
For more information contact 03-424 9272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Other community facilities
The Scout Hall is located along Beach Road and was formerly known as the Drill Hall. The facility was a bequest donated to the community by the Flower Family Estate and has reserve status, which means it is protected under the Reserves Act 1977 as a public hall facility.
A fire unfortunately destroyed all of Council’s records in 1945 but it is believed the building was constructed in 1897 as the drill hall for soldiers going off to the Boer War and later WWI. It is a much loved facility by the community and is listed as a strategic asset under Council’s Significance Policy.
The Scout Hall was substantially refurbished in 2021 with generous support from Lotteries New Zealand $136,000 and the Provincial Development Unit $470,000.
It has always been a popular venue for small events and functions and the demand has only been increasing over the last few years. As many as 200 people use the facility per week. Some of the current and past users include:
• Māori Wardens meetings
• Maata Waka meetings
• Strengthening Families meetings
• Evening table tennis
• Tai-kwon-do for kids
• Māori netball practice
• Youth dance practice
• Holiday programmes – Sport Tasman
• Kapa haka practice – Te Ahi Wairua
• Sport Tasman youth programme
• Marlborough Community Law youth seminars
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 old swimming pool on Kaikōura's Esplanade was severely damaged by the November 2016 earthquake. The Kaikōura Community Pool Trust was established in 2019, and with successful fundraising and immense support from the community, the new Kaikōura Aquatic Centre opened in November 2021.
Find out more about the pool here
The offices suffered damage in the 2016 earthquake and Council are working towards the demolition of the building.
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.
Kaikōura Airport is located on State Highway 1, around 8km south of Kaikōura township.
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, apline and earthquake tours, and heli-packages 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.
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 or an aviation concern 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 (such as their vehicle registration plate).
Council manages two harbour areas in Kaikōura - South and North of the Peninsula.
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 pay and display machine.)
$ 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 - $5.00 per passenger capacity per vessel
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.
09 July 2020