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Kaikoura

Canterbury - Kaikoura, New Zealand

Kaikoura in Canterbury, New Zealand is a small coastal seaside resort 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, swimming with the dolphins, walks, fishing, bird watching, visiting the seal colony, shopping, dining and generally relaxing by the sea. Fishing in Kaikoura is considered some of the best in New Zealand, and it is this bounty that attracts so many whales and dolphins to its shores.

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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The Kaikōura Hop

From: Wed 18th Sep 2019

Come and join the fun at the Kaikoura Hop. Cars, Cruising, Car Show, Fun, Food & Entertainment. The Grease themed Fonz & Doug's Wedding chapter. Wednesday 18 Sept - Early Birds Quiz Night Thursday 19 Sept - ...

Where: Kaikoura Racecourse, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: South Bay Parade, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 10:00am on Wednesday 18th September 2019
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 22nd September 2019

Reducing Our Household Rubbish: The Zero Waste Approach

Wed 25th Sep 2019

The Rubbish Trip returns to Kaikōura to deliver their flagship presentation about low-waste living and to share a waste-free potluck! Te Hā o Mātauranga - Learning in Kaikōura and Innovative Waste Kaikoura Ltd ...

Where: Te Hā o Mātauranga, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 14 Ludstone Rd, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 5:30pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019
To: 8:00pm on Wednesday 25th September 2019

West African Songs, Drumming and Dance Workshop

Sat 28th Sep 2019

You are invited to experience the joy of West African Songs, Drumming & Dancing in the supportive & fun environment created by Master Drummer Dancer Koffie Fugah from Ghana, West Africa. Together you will learn ...

Where: Kaikoura Memorial Hall, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 32 Esplanade, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 10:30am on Saturday 28th September 2019
To: 3:00pm on Saturday 28th September 2019

Top of The South - Short Film Festival

Sat 28th Sep 2019

Doors Open 6:15 PM - Wine and Snacks. Screening starts: 7:00PM Top of the the South Film Festival: Now in its fifth year, the homegrown Top of the South Film Festival continues to expand in quantity and quality. ...

Where: Kaikoura Museum, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 96 W End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 6:00pm on Saturday 28th September 2019
To: 9:30pm on Saturday 28th September 2019

Kaikōura Adventure Race

From: Sat 26th Oct 2019

Welcome to the Kaikōura Adventure Race! Adventure Racing is a sport combining multiple disciplines including trekking, mountain biking, kayaking, and navigation, into a complete journey. Teams race together to ...

Where: Kaikoura High School, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 1 Rorrisons Road, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 12:00pm on Saturday 26th October 2019
To: 10:00pm on Sunday 27th October 2019

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