Kaikoura HolidaysNew Zealand
According to Maori Leagend, the jutting coastal mountains of Kaikoura were formed when Maui (One of Polynesia's most prolific deities) used the area to anchor his gigantic foot while fishing up the North Island of New Zealand . Science types might argue that the geography here lends itself to the …

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Where to stay in Kaikoura

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Reviews of Kaikoura

Tourism New Zealand
Tourism New ZealandAuckland
25/10/2013

Set against a dramatic backdrop where rugged mountains meet the sea, the picturesque town of Kaikoura is famous for whale watching, among other wildlife encounters. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day and the local seal colony is always entertaining. There are also plenty of cafés, restaurants and shops to explore. Don’t miss feasting on a plate of the delicious local crayfish. An easy two-hour drive north of Christchurch, Kaikoura makes for a great day trip or a fun stop on your way north to Marlborough for a little wine tasting.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy
23/02/2011

Kiakoura is one of those New Zealand towns that really has stacks going for it. Situated by the sea it takes advantage of this both before and after dinner. Dolphin and seal encounters are great fun and the seafood on the menu is to die for.

Ann Isabelle (@aifnyc)
Ann Isabelle (@aifnyc)New York City
11/06/2013

Kaikoura (where the mountains meet the sea) is a small town full of history and natural wonders. It is an ideal place to get "close to nature". Don't forget to try local crayfish.

Clark C
Clark CProvidence
15/09/2012

Holding the visual trifecta of blue ocean, green land, and white-capped mountains, Kaikoura is nothing short of epic. It's one of few places in the world where you can surf in the morning, snowboard in the afternoon, and surf again in the evening. A 'board' sandwich, if you will. As in all of NZ, the people are as welcoming and unassuming as you can imagine and most are perpetually in awe of the wonder that surrounds in every direction.

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