Aerial view of Fyffe House with the ocean in the backyard

Fyffe House is open under ORANGE in the traffic light system. If you are visiting us, you will need to wear a mask and follow our Covid-19 requirements. At this time, we do not require Vaccine Passes for entry to our visitor sites, cafes and shops, however this may be reviewed in line with our Covid-19 policy settings. You can check our website on the day of your visit for the most up-to-date information and please stay home if you’re unwell. For the latest on Covid-19 in Aotearoa New Zealand visit the official government website.

Getting Here


62 Avoca Street
Kaikōura 7300

parking no-smoking shops

+64 3 319 5835

Fyffe House is located 3kms from i-SITE and Kaikōura Museum in Kaikōura township.

By public transport

Fyffe House is not accessible via public transport.

By shuttle

Kiakoura Shuttles offer transfers to local attractions in the region seven days a week. Visit their website for more information or to book.


The terrain around Fyffe House is reasonably flat, which makes it perfect for cyclists of all ages and abilities. Fyffe House is a short cycle from Point Kean Seal Colony and the beginning of Kaikōura Peninsula Walk Way. Fyffe House is an 8-minute cycle from the centre of Kaikōura.

By road

From Kaikōura i-SITE take the Esplanade to the Pier Hotel, continue onto Avoca Street for 0.5km. Fyffe House is on your right.


It’s a nice walk along the beach or designated tracks to Fyffe House and takes about 40-minutes from the centre of Kaikōura.

From Kaikōura i-SITE take the Esplanade to the Pier Hotel, continue onto Avoca Street for 0.5km. Fyffe House is on your right.

Fyffe House is a 7-minute (1.6kms) walk from Point Kean Seal Colony, so you can either visit us on your way to the colony or on your return trip. From Point Kean Seal Colony, follow Fyffe Quay back along the track towards Kaikōura. Fyffe House will be on your left.

Fyffe House is close to the northern end of the Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway. One way on the walkway is 4.6kms and takes approximately 2 hours.



There is free on-street parking outside Fyffe House and six parking spaces on site. Visitors are welcome to use the lawn to drop-off and pick-up visitors for easy access, however, please do not park on the lawn in front of the house.

Hours and Entry

Opening Hours

Thursday - Monday
10.00am - 4.00pm

Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day


Member Free

Adult $10.00

Student (tertiary) $5.00

Under 18 years Free

* Surcharges may apply for special events
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Fyffe House is a two-storey building with high steps and uneven surfaces. The second floor may not be suitable for people with mobility issues due to the steep angle of the stairs between floors. There is access for people with wheelchairs to reception, shop and dining room. Unfortunately, there is no wheelchair access to the second floor. Visitors with limited mobility can be dropped off at the front gate to the house.

Please note wheelchair users may find it difficult to navigate within the house due to the width of the doorframes and narrow passages. If you find this to be the case, our visitor hosts can share the history of our site with you from the comfort of the veranda.


Food and Drink

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic with them to enjoy in our grounds. Our lawns are the perfect spot to setup a picnic rug, we also have several picnic tables available. Please take all food and rubbish with you. There is also a great selection of local cafés and eateries located in the Kaikōura township.

This is a smoke and vape free site.

Venue Hire

Fyffe House grounds make a great location for weddings, small gatherings and other events.

Please note portaloos would need to be hired for events as Fyffe House doesn’t have toilet facilities available.

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Children and whānau

Both inside and out, there are things for kids to do. Inside, you can explore the house, follow the clues and discover stories gifted by Kāti Kuri (local iwi) through the touch screen. Outside, there’s a huge lawn area for little legs to enjoy and lawn games to keep them entertained.

Things to remember

We care for some important taonga (treasures) in our collection and our heritage buildings have lived a long life, so some rooms or items in the house may be off limits at times for conservation and maintenance.

Some rooms may be dimly lit depending on the weather and time of year.

Safe Space

Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga is proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance, offering safe and inclusive spaces that welcome and support the LGBTQI+ community.

A safe space is a space where the LGBTQI+ community can freely express themselves without fear. It is a space that doesn’t tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech towards the LGBTQI+ community.

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