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Kaikoura

Canterbury - Kaikoura, New Zealand

Earthquake Travel Advisory - 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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West African Songs, Drumming and Dance Workshop

From: Sat 20th Oct 2018

Come and learn groovy, contagious African Rhythms & Dance in a fun easy Workshop for two days with Koffie Fugah from Ghana, West Africa. Koffie Fugah is a Skilled, Inspirational Master Drummer Dancer from Ghana, West ...

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

From: 10:30am on Saturday 20th October 2018
To: 3:00pm on Sunday 21st October 2018

Kaikoura Aftershock Adventure

From: Sat 26th May 2018

This is South Pacific Helicopters NZ's exclusive flight that showcases natures force, the geological and environmental changes to Kaikoura coastal areas, mountain ranges, rivers and infrastructure. South Pacific ...

Where: South Pacific Whale Watch, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 72 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 2:00pm on Saturday 26th May 2018
To: 2:40pm on Saturday 27th April 2019

Arthritis Drop-in Clinic

Thu 1st Nov 2018

Come and have a chat about things you can do to help you self-manage your osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, gout arthritis, and/or polymyalgia. Presenter: Carolyn Wood - Arthritis Educator To ...

Where: Kaikoura Bowling Club, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 18 Ludstone Rd, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 10:00am on Thursday 1st November 2018
To: 4:00pm on Thursday 1st November 2018

Kaikoura Warrior

Sat 17th Nov 2018

The ultimate fun obstacle race is back! Run, crawl, climb and slide your way around all kids of obstacles - all in the stunning surrounds of South Bay. With four events to choose from, there is something for everyone! ...

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

From: 11:00am on Saturday 17th November 2018
To: 3:00pm on Saturday 17th November 2018

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