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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 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 Helicopters, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 72 West End, Kaikoura, Canterbury

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

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The Developing Brain - Kaikoura: CANCELLED

Mon 8th Apr 2019

Captivating audiences over 200 times per year to sell out events in New Zealand, Australia & Internationally, renowned neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis brings his talk "The Developing Brain" to Kaikoura. Nathan ...

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

From: 7:30pm on Monday 8th April 2019
To: 9:00pm on Monday 8th April 2019

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ANZAC Day Dawn Service - Kaikoura

Thu 25th Apr 2019

This ceremony commemorates all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. The date itself marks the anniversary of the landing of New Zealand and Australian soldiers - the Anzacs - on ...

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

From: 10:30am on Thursday 25th April 2019
To: 11:59pm on Thursday 25th April 2019

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Simon & Dan In Kaikoura (Stand Up Comedy)

Wed 22nd May 2019

Christchurch based comedy goons and touring comedians Simon Kingsley Holmes and Dan Brader bring their unique brand of comedy to Kaikoura for one night only! Comedy veterans of various festivals and tours all over NZ ...

Where: Slam Club, Kaikoura, Canterbury
Address: 10-12 Westend, Kaikoura, Canterbury

From: 8:00pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
To: 10:00pm on Wednesday 22nd May 2019

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