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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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Kaikoura District Library Holiday Program - Reading Carnival

From: Mon 9th Dec 2019

Our Summer reading program is here. We are very Excited, this years theme is "The Great Reading Carnival!" During the Carnival the challenge is to read four books. After each book pop into the library to do a report ...

Where: Kaikoura District Library, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 96 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 9:00am on Monday 9th December 2019
To: 5:00pm on Friday 17th January 2020

The Response - Album Release Tour

Sat 11th Jan 2020

Christchurch based Alt Pop duo The Response are hitting the road over summer to celebrate the release of their new album Escaping This Cold Rotation on December 6th. Recorded between Vancouver and their home of New ...

Where: The Strawberry Tree, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 21 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 9:00pm on Saturday 11th January 2020
To: 11:00pm on Saturday 11th January 2020

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