Lonely Planet ranks Kaikoura in world top 500 food experiences

Visit the New Zealand coast where the crayfish is so good they named a town after it.


On the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, about two hours’ drive north of Christchurch, is the picturesquely situated town of Kaikoura. Famous for the abundance of marine life present offshore, with sperm whales, dolphins and seals often spotted close to land, the town’s name derives from the Maori words ‘Kai’, meaning food, and ‘Koura’, meaning crayfish.

Quotas on the number of crayfish being caught in this region have been put in place to protect the marine life here and promote sustainable practices.  © Lonely Planet

Here at The Lodge, Chef Fiona Read serves the Kaikoura crayfish Whole and Grilled with a Chili, Horseradish & Lime Butter.

© Jessica Ward

© Jessica Ward


Summertime, Sunshine & Kai Moana in Kaikoura

The garden is bursting with Summer vegetables, the hot house overflowing with tomatoes, the Pohutukawa is flowering and the birds are in abundance.

Summer is the traditional time for Kiwis to flock to the ocean in search of Kaikoura’s namesake Crayfish (Lobster), Blue Cod and all manner of different Kai Moana (Seafood)

During the day many of our guests are out Whale Watching by boat or by air, swimming with Dolphins, Seals or even Kayaking around the inlets of Kaikoura; returning in the evening for a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc and fresh produce from the garden, farm and sea for dinner.

It is a busy time in Kaikoura and at the Lodge and it is a time where we invite many visitors who are staying in Kaikoura to come and have dinner at the Lodge.

Available all year round we offer the opportunity to dine in our restaurant for a set price of $100 including gst per person. This is a set three course meal with usually three choices per course & a chefs surprise to start. 

Call one of our team today on 03 319 6559 or book a table online.