Aerial view of Fyffe House with the ocean in the backyard

Fyffe House is open to the public in Alert Level 2 with safety measures in place. Visitors are legally required to wear masks, we also require visitors to check in via the Covid-19 tracer app or manually, maintain physical distancing and sanitise. Please stay home if you’re sick. Refer to our Covid-19 information before visiting for the most up-to-date information or for the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Opening Hours

October - April

10.00am - 5.00pm

May - September

Thursday - Monday
10.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day

parking no-smoking toilet


Member Free

Adult $10.00

Student (tertiary) $5.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events


62 Avoca Street
Kaikōura 7300

+64 03 319 5835

Fyffe House under the stars

Fyffe House was literally built on the back of whaling – the initial single-storey cottage, which became the wing of a larger home, rests on piles made from the vertebrae of a mighty Tohorā (Southern right whale). But Kaikōura’s famously pink heritage building, and the land it occupies, has a history that is centuries deep, dating from the arrival of tangata whenua. By the end of your visit, you’ll have gained valuable insights into the full history of the place, including the whaling industry, and a vivid sense of the lives of three families who inhabited the house between 1844 and 1980.

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