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'Sophisticated Wilderness’ sums up the combination of outstanding wilderness walking with an eco-lodge offering true luxury in the mountains.

Important Information

Kaikoura Wilderness Walks and Shearwater Lodge complement each other perfectly to provide a true wilderness experience, while not sacrificing the "creature comforts'' that you are accustomed to. There are some things you need to know that will help make your visit more enjoyable - and no doubt you will have some questions regarding what to bring, required fitness, etc.

Don't hesitate to email us if you have any further questions.

Kaikoura Wilderness Walks Terms and Conditions

Please ensure you have read the following terms and conditions before booking.


Due to high demand for our walks during the summer months (October to March) we advise that you make your bookings as far in advance as possible to avoid disappointment


All prices are in New Zealand dollars and currently include 15% Goods and Services Tax. All walk option prices are on a per person basis and can be viewed on this website. Prices are based on twin share accommodation.

Valid November 2015 to March 2016

Child Prices

Child prices for all walks apply to children aged 12 – 16 years inclusive. Children under 12 may be considered but this will be at management’s discretion.

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The weather in Kaikoura is reasonably settled throughout the summer months, although weather in mountainous country such as this, always has the ability to change suddenly and without warning. It is essential to bring clothing suitable for any extremes in weather.


You need average fitness with good mobility and be able to walk for 5 -7 hours over mountain tracks each day. The track surface varies from smooth, well-formed paths to uneven terrain with occasional steeper gradients that you would expect of an alpine environment. During the walk, interpretation by your guide on the environment means regular stops.

The guides will ensure a pace suitable to the ability of the group. The total distance walked each day is approximately 8.5km. You only need to carry a day-pack for personal items such as camera, drink bottle, sunscreen, medication, etc, plus, wet weather gear, warm hat, gloves, sunhat and either a warm sweater, thermal top or lightweight fleece, as your luggage is transported ahead to the lodge.

Safety Standards

Kaikoura Wilderness Walks is one of the best ways to experience New Zealand's enchanting high country. Our guides are passionate about, and well versed in,
New Zealand's native flora and fauna. It is important to remember that Kaikoura Wilderness Walks operate in a remote wilderness area. Although our lodge has been designed for your comfort, we are still without a number of modern amenities such as telephones, faxes and email. Cell phone coverage is extremely limited. We have radio contact in case of emergency but otherwise you will be mostly cut off from the rest of the world for the duration of your walk.

What to bring

Shearwater Lodge is an upmarket fully equipped lodge. Accommodation is in private super-king or twin share bedrooms with en suite bathroom and private deck.
Linen and toiletries are provided.
All meals are included

Complimentary holdall provided for transporting guest's luggage to Shearwater Lodge

Day packs and rain jackets are available for loan. Read moreRead more about what to bring