Kakanui is a charming ocean-side village that is as tranquil as it is beautiful. The main beach, Campbell’s Bay, is a safe for swimming but also has a good break for surfers. Hector’s Dolphins will often be seen playing in the waves and can be spotted right along the Kakanui coastline. The southern end of this 2 km beach is known as All Day Bay and is more sheltered.
Midden and other artefacts that have been discovered in the area suggest Kai Tahu once temporarily occupied Kakanui in their travels north and south.
Interestingly, soil from Kakanui also form many of New Zealand’s top cricket pitches due to their physical properties.