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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  • March 29, 2017
    Unfortunately, this house has been Yellow Stickered and the house has been closed as a result of the November 2016 earthquake. Visit the area anyway It's beautiful.  more »
  • March 20, 2017
    It's located at the end of the peninsula. After the earthquake, the House cannot be visited from the inside. Really worth seeing but also from the outside.
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  • February 16, 2017
    The House is alone by its location and its color. November 2016's by the earthquake to the unfortunately not accessible. You can see it only from the outside and read the story on the boards.
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  • December 9, 2016
    Nice house that was part of a former whaling settlement. The coastline here is also picturesque.
  • March 27, 2017
    Great and friendly I know the staff well .
  • June 14, 2016
    A small place to visit. House build on whale bones. Take less than 15 mins to finish the visit.btw. owner is nice and friendly. There is description on how to hunt a whale.
  • March 19, 2017
    Great location

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