See Kaikoura's oldest surviving building at Fyffe House, a structure first built with whale bone dating back to 1844. The attraction stands as an enduring reminder of Scotsman Robert Fyfe's whaling station, which employed crews to harpoon whales and boil their blubber for oil. Fyfe employed local Maori men for these crews in addition to international workers; the trade continued until the 1840s, when whales became scarce. Locals were forced to turn to sheep and dairy farming instead. Learn about local lifestyle through the decades, which includes insight on the harsh conditions and the resourcefulness of both the natives and European settlers. Displays include dioramas, audio tales, and photographs. Don't miss viewing the whale-bone foundation from the house's exterior while taking a walk around the garden. Use our Kaikoura trip itinerary planning tool to visit Fyffe House on your trip to Kaikoura, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • visited this place and was impressed with the whole story of its history by my fellow Scot. They had all sorts of interesting stuff kept from years ago.  more »
  • Its so a pitty for the local people and the local economy that they needed to close all this things because they had a very severe earthquake. Also the Fyffe house is closed. Go back to visit Kaikoura...  more »
  • We were walking to the seal colony and came across Fife Cottage by accident. How lucky were we! The curator was a fount of information, not just about the cottage but about recommendations for the res...  more »
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  • Go here only if you have time to spare in Kaikoura. It's not much to be honest. I recommend going to the museum instead. Much more interesting.
  • The house is nice and the view is stunning. There is a seals colony very close to it.
  • A beautiful historic house. A must see for all tourists.
  • Some fantastic walks over the shoreline rocks to see the different birds and seals sun bathing
  • Amazing place, beautiful views, great breakfast and very nice owners. Been a pleasure staying there.

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