kaikouraWhether you are looking for relaxation, excitement, nature and wildlife, art, history and culture, or fine wines and cuisine, Kaikoura has it all.

Situated midway between Christchurch and Picton, this magical coastal haven boasts stunning natural marine wonders and alpine scenery.

The rugged coastline of New Zealand’s South Island is overlooked by majestic mountains, which are snow-capped for many months of the year.

The Maori translation of Kaikoura means ‘to eat crayfish’ (Kai – food, koura – crayfish) and the town is also a mecca for many other kinds of seafood. The ocean’s continental shelf is home to some 200 species of marine life. Specialities are grouper, blue cod, abalone and paua, which can be purchased daily.

Kaikoura, which lies within the Southern Hemisphere Whale Sanctuary, is also home to the occasional Orca and the playful Dusky Dolphin. Fur seals, which were once almost hunted to extinction here, can be seen lazing in the sun on the rocks and playing in the shallow waters.

If you’re into nature, there are many eco-tourism oriented activities, including:

  • Kaikoura whale watching
  • Dolphin swimming
  • Scuba diving and snorkelling

Other activities include:

  • Walking
  • Kayaking
  • Surfing

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