Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island, New Zealand; it is located on 180 kilometres north of Christchurch.
Kaikoura is a best known for its wildlife experiences. Whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. Whale watching is a very popular experience, trips leave the town several times a day and several different species of whale can be seen at different times of the year, you might be able to spot a huge Sperm Whales, the fin of an Orca and schools of Pilot Whales.
The atmosphere of Kaikoura is truly spectacular as it's located between the rugged Seaward Kaikoura Range and the Pacific Ocean. In winter the mountains are covered with snow, adding to the drama of the landscape.
It's also a fantastic place to eat crayfish and there are plenty of cafes, restaurants and shops that visitors will enjoy all year round.
In Maori legend, Maui placed his foot on the Kaikoura peninsula to steady himself while he 'fished-up' the North Island. The Maori name Kaikoura translates to 'meal of crayfish' (Kai - food, koura - crayfish)
In 1770 Captain Cook discovered the Kaikoura peninsula, believing it to be an island. The first shore whaling station was established in 1843, located near where Fyffe House still stands today.
Main Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region
Other Towns in the Christchurch-Canterbury Region