Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 1180 km north of Christchurch. Kaikoura became the first local authority to reach the Green Globe tourism certification standard. The Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the sea south of the town, and the resulting upwelling currents bring an abundance of marine life from the depths of the nearby Hikurangi Trench. The town owes its origin to this effect, since it developed as a centre for the whaling industry. The name 'Kaikoura' translates to 'meal of crayfish' and the crayfish industry still plays a role in the economy of the region. However Kaikoura has now become a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the Sperm Whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and swimming with or near dolphins. There is also a large and readily observed colony of Southern Fur Seals at the eastern edge of the town. At low tide, better viewing of the seals can be had as the ocean gives way to a rocky base which is easily navigable by foot for quite some distance. It is also one of the best reasonably accessible places in the world to see open ocean seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, including the Hutton's shearwater which nests high in Kaikoura's mountains. A strategic plan for the future of the Kaikoura coast is being developed by Te Korowai o te Tai o Marokura, the Kaikoura Coastal Guardians.
(Auckland, Coromandel, Rotorua, Queenstown, Franz Josef, Christchurch, Kaikoura, Blenheim, Wellington)
The ultimate New Zealand experience. This tour is an in depth exploration of the North and South Islands. You’ll see it all, from the geothermal landscape, and sunny beaches of the North, to the breathtaking fiords and glaciers of the Coastal area on the South Island. A great mix of culture, adventure, wildlife, and breath taking scenery.
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