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  • 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 ...
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  • Although it does not stand out for its architecture, the city of Kaikoura is extremely popular with tourists for its superb whale-watching excursions.
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  • The mix of the sea and the mountains creates beautiful seaside landscapes.
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  • In Kaikoura you will have the opportunity to go on whale-watching excursions or even swim with the dolphins.
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  • Kaikoura is a village located in New Zealand's South Island where you can go on some beautiful walks along the coastal trails.
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  • This fur seal is relaxing on a rock.
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  • You can observe whales in their natural habitat while out on a boat excursion.
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination New Zealand

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.

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Kaikoura: the key figures

Surface area : 270534.0 km2

Population : 4331600 inhabitants

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