Sport and Recreation

Kaikōura provides opportunity for a variety of sport and recreation. This page contains information about swimming, sports clubs and venues, local sporting events, walking and hiking, and cycling in our district. These activities all contribute towards increased social connection, health and well-being for all those involved. 


The Kaikōura Aquatic Centre is open from Sunday 14th November 2021 through the Summer.


The open air centre has:

  • Heated 25 x 12m lap pool
  • 6m x 10m multi-use learn to swim/hydrotherapy pool
  • Beach entry toddler pool
  • Splash pad.
  • Changing rooms 
  • Seating and picnic area. Bring your own food and drinks. There is a coin operated BBQ area outside the centre.


Find out more information on our Kaikōura Community Pool page.

Other Local Swimming Facilities: 

Dusky Lodge Pool
67 Beach Road
Outdoor and heated - non-guests $5 per swim
Contact Dusky Lodge 03 319 5959


Clubs and Venues

Kaikōura has lots of sport and recreation opportunities for young and old alike. Check out a list of sport and recreation groups here and get in touch with them if you would like to get involved. 

Most indoor sports (basketball, volleyball, badminton and indoor soccer) take place at the High School gymnasium (Rorrisons Rd). Netball, tennis and hockey use the school courts with soccer and athletics using the school fields.

Local Events

Charwell Challenge Rogaine takes place in May at Surrey Downs, Inland Road, Kaikōura. It is a fundraiser for Kaikōura High School. Read more about rogaine in NZ here.

Whale Run takes place in September at Kaikōura Suburban School (Schoolhouse Rd). It is  1/2 Marathon Run; 1/2 Marathon Walk; 10 km Run; 10 km Walk; 2 km Marafun (for school age children 9 years and under).

Kaikōura Warrior takes place in November at Kaikōura Racecourse, South Bay. It is a FUN obstacle course where you can enter as a team of four, a family, or an individual. There are three races to choose from: 6km Ultimate Warrior, 3km Apprentice Warrior, or the Mini Warrior for kids. Prizes for place getters, spot prizes and best costume. Find out more and enter online at – entries open October

Walking and hiking

There are a number of different walking and hiking opportunities ranging from a short stroll to a serious backcountry journey in the Kaikōura District. Council provides footpaths and cycleways to allow people to enjoy our natural environment and provide areas for exercise to improve wellbeing and overall quality of life. Council works to ensure footpaths and cycleways are safe to use and that their form and function are appropriate for their use.


With a variety of scenic rides that suit a range of skill levels, there is something for everyone; including seaside, native bush, country road tracks and mountain tracks.

Kaikōura Cycling Club: An incorporated club formed 2011 by a group of like-minded volunteers to promote cycling and improving cycling facilities in the Kaikōura district. Their vision is to develop a world class cycle and walking trail network that encompasses the ocean and the mountains of Kaikōura.

  1. Visit their website    
  2. Visit their facebook page 

Coastal Sports: A local sports goods supplier. They provide bike hire, bike workshops and information on some of Kaikōuras trails.

  1.  Visit their website 

Projects, Plans and Strategies

Sport Tasman partners with Kaikōura District Council to work towards a more active, healthier, happier community.

Check out Sport Tasman's Facebook page here.

Check out Sport Tasman's website here.

12 August 2020