Kaikoura Seafest celebrates a life by the sea…

Join us for a truely awesome festival with great Entertainment, Food & Beverages and great company!

Festival Food & Beverage Stalls

Cray Coast Cuisine Chef Demonstrations

Live Music All Day & Child-friendly Zones

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Seafest Adult Early Bird $40.00 + $2.50 Booking Fee
Seafest Family $100.00 + $4.00 Booking Fee
Seafest 5yrs – 17yrs $15.00 + $1.75 Booking Fee

Dash Tickets

Remember to grab a Big Top Bash Early Bird Ticket for $20.00 + $2.00 Booking Fee if you want to go the the Pre-Party on the Friday Night before Seafest.

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Did you remember to purchase tickets for our Friday night party in the Big Top? This fantastic event with awesome entertainment officially starts the beginning of the Seafest Weekend and is quick to sell out.

A full Bar service is available. No BYO.

Please note: This is a cash bar event with NO EFTPOS.


Big Top Bash Early Bird $20.00 + $2.00 Booking Fee

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Cray Coast Cuisine

Be sure to check out the action in The Cray Coast Cuisine Demonstrations tent.


10.30am – 11am

Say Cheese

Kaikoura Cheese and Esses Wine

Kaikoura Cheese

Showcasing the best that Kaikoura has to offer – Daniel from Kaikoura Cheese Co shares his exciting cheeses with you. Partnering with Esses Wines, Kaikoura’s own ‘House of Bubbles’, suggests that maybe you should get your seat early as we are sure there will be tasting!


11.30am – 12.15

Richard Harris ex 2015 Masterchef contestant


12.30pm – 1.15pm



1.30pm – 2.15pm



2.30pm – 3.15pm

Jax Hamilton MC/Chef

Cray Coast Cuisine chef demonstrations are hosted by our very own cuisine personality and MC/Chef Jax Hamilton. Jax uses her much-loved style, flair and cheeky sense of humour to present guest chefs, tastings and food tips.

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Welcoming Ricochet back to the big top, for both Kaikoura Seafest and The Big Top Bash.


Watch this space for updates to our entertainment lineup!

A child friendly zone lets Mums & Dads keep an eye on the family. Entertainment for the children will keep them happy all day.

Adam Allsorts

10.30am – 1.30pm

Adam Allsorts (one of Christchurch’s most popular childrens’ entertainers) will include plenty of fun for the kids, including acrobatics, music, magic, face painting, juggling, balloon twisting, and funny bikes.

Festival Info



Festival gates open.

10:30am – 2.30pm

Chefs demonstrations in the Cuisine Area

10am – 5pm

Main stage live band entertainment

10.30am – 1.30pm

Children’s entertainment


Alcohol sales cease


Festival closes


Admission is by official Seafest Ticket only. Keep your ticket information safe as it is non-refundable and allows you entry to Seafest 2016, as well as a souvenir glass.

All persons must have tickets. Seafest takes no responsibility for lost ticket information.

Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children’s tickets do not qualify for a Seafest glass.
Admission is by official Seafest Ticket only. All persons must have tickets. NO gate sales.

Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Children’s tickets do not qualify for a Seafest glass.


Seafest has become known as a festival that meets and greets the elements – no matter what is thrown at it. A huge centre marquee means revellers can enjoy the day and shelter from sun, rain, hail or snow. And we have had it all! If the event is cancelled by the organisers, tickets are fully refundable… but SEAFEST IS AN ALL WEATHER EVENT!


The NZ Dollar is the Seafest currency. Eftpos facilities are available at the Bank tent on festival day.


All festival alcoholic beverage will be served in the official Seafest Glass and only to persons 18 years or over. Proof of age may be required for entry, or at any time during the festival. Alcohol and food are not permitted to be brought on to the festival site. Organisers reserve the right of admission, and to search for and confiscate, any prohibited items.

Organisers will refuse admission to any person who is intoxicated, or who is acting in an offensive manner, at any time.

Non-alcoholic beverages are readily available. Please remember that drinking and driving do not mix.


Are NOT permitted on the Seafest Site.

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Watch this space for info on our Friday night Big Top Bash festivities to launch the Seafest weekend.

Contact KAIKOURA I-SITE Visitor Centre for help with accomodation suggestions or details on other Kaikoura attractions. Call 03 319 5641

Make the most of your time in Kaikoura – check out what else you can do while you’re here www.kaikoura.co.nz

Most of all…  have a fun, safe weekend at Kaikoura Seafest 2016.


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