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Earthquake Travel Advisory - Kaikoura in Canterbury, New Zealand is a small coastal seaside tourism town and a very popular destination for both local and international travellers. Kaikoura is well know for its crayfish and marine life and famous for whale watching and swimming with the dolphins. Kaikoura is situated midway between Christchurch and Picton on the east coast of the South Island and is close to the rugged mountain range running the length of New Zealand. more

Kaikoura is about 2 hours drive from Christchurch and 2 hours drive from Picton. The drive in either direction offers stunning coastal scenery for large parts of the journey. The Tranz Coastal Pacific train is an alternative way of getting to Kaikoura and is considered one of the most scenic train journeys in the world.

With a population of about 4,000, Kaikoura has a fascinating history with whaling established the town in 1843. Whaling ceased in 1964 and the township turned to its marine attractions to establish a wide range of water based tourism activities as well as other eco-tourism orientated activities.

The weather in Kaikoura varies from about 10 degrees Celsius in winter to an average of 22 degrees Celsius in summer.

There is plenty to see and do in Kaikoura including whale watching, dolphin swimming, walks, fishing, bird watching, visiting the seal colony, shopping, dining and generally relaxing by the sea.

Accommodation in Kaikoura is extensive with a good selection of hotels, motels, apartments through to backpackers and budget accommodation.

Kaikoura is part of the popular and scenic Alpine Pacific Triangle, a touring route which links it with the Hurunui district including Hanmer and Christchurch.

Fur seals lounge on rocks just metres from the shore, dusky and Hector's dolphins frolic in the sea within sight of town, while only a few kilometres further out, giant sperm whales haunt the depths.

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  • Featured Information ADMIRAL COURT MOTEL - Kaikoura (Motels and Motor Lodges) Comfortable accommodation furnished with tasteful decor. Studio and family units all with queen-size beds, Sky TV and BBQ area. Accessible...
  • Featured Information ALBATROSS ENCOUNTER - Kaikoura (Eco and Nature Tours) Kaikoura has the greatest number of different seabirds in a small area. View these birds in their natural environment. Birds...
  • Featured Information DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER - Kaikoura (Eco and Nature Tours) Dolphin watching and swimming in Kaikoura. Get wonderful views of the spectacular and acrobatic dusky dolphins from one of our...
  • Featured Information HASSLE-FREE KAIKOURA TOUR (Scenic Tours) Hassle Free Tours provides a full day tour that includes a scenic drive from Christchurch over the Canterbury plains before...
  • Featured Information KAIKOURA KAYAKS - Kaikoura (Adventure Tours) The Kaikoura coast is home to an abundance of marine life and sea birds. The curious NZ Fur Seals, Dusky...
  • Featured Information KIRRA TOURS - New Zealand Wide (Bus and Coach Tours) Discover stunning New Zealand on a Kirra Tours escorted coach holiday, the easiest and most rewarding way to experience this...
  • Featured Information WHALE WATCH - Kaikoura (Boat, Sailing, and Waka Tours) New Zealand's ultimate year-round nature experience offering exciting close encounters with giant sperm whales. Kaikoura's semi-resident sperm whales share their...

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