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.
October - April
10.00am - 5.00pm
May - September
Thursday - Monday
10.00am - 4.00pm
Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day and Christmas Day
Student (tertiary) $5.00
Under 18 years Free
* Surcharges may apply for special events
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.