Kaikoura is one of the gems of New Zealand's east coast. Lost between snowy peaks and the Pacific coast, the town has become a Mecca for whale-watching and spotting albatross and seals.
Originally it was just a small village, home to crayfish fishermen, until the Europeans began the whale hunting industry, which continued until 1922. The proliferation of the aquatic species here is primarily due to the characteristic of the ocean floor. Relatively shallow at first, the floor dramatically drops more than 800m, making it possible for the hot and cold currents to come together, thus favouring the proliferation of the nutrients needed by the local fauna.
Not very interesting in terms of its architecture, this seaside resort more than compensates for this by the quantity and quality of the activities proposed here, one of the most well-known and unforgettable being whale-watching, particularly giant sperm whales, proposed by Whale Observation Kaikoura®, which has a guaranteed success rate of 95%. Orcs, including killer whales, and even sharks let you get up close to them.
Here's an interesting piece of information: the Alpine Pacific Triangle touring route, which leads to Kaikoura from Christchurch, offers 230 miles of New Zealand's most beautiful mountain landscapes, as well as direct access to the famous spas of Hanmer Springs.
Surface area : 270534.0 km2
Population : 4331600 inhabitants