Fyffe House

Set in one of the most stunning locations imaginable, Fyffe House will touch your spirit. A link to Kaikoura’s past, Fyffe House is the town’s oldest surviving building and all that remains of Robert Fyfe's whaling station that was established in 1842.

Fyffe House in its setting

Rich in human history, Kaikoura has always been known as a ‘place for food’. Māori carved a living from the rich fisheries, seabirds and kūmara while the Europeans founded their settlement on the oil of the southern right whale, used to light the homes of Europe.

A tour of Fyffe House really brings home just how raw and harsh life was and how tough and resourceful both Māori and Europeans were to survive here. These stories are told visually through delightful dioramas, audio tales, and by exploring this unique house built on whale bones. View these unusual foundations from the exterior of the house while enjoying the cottage garden.

The surrounding landscape offers fabulous views and some interesting clues to past activities at this site. Our carving, Pou Tangaroa, tells the story of tohorā (the southern right whale), moa and the people of this place.

A dramatic landscape where peoples reaped the rewards of a rich coastal environment.


  • 62 Avoca Street
  • On the way to the seal colony.
  • Kaikoura
  • 7300

Contact Information

Opening Hours

  • Daily, October-April
  • 10am - 5pm
  • Thursday-Monday, May-September
  • 10am - 4pm
  • Closed Good Friday, Anzac Day until 1pm and Christmas Day.


Adult: $10 Student (tertiary): $5 Children: free. Please understand that surcharges may apply at times of special events.