Kaikoura, New Zealand
Kaikoura is located in the South Island on the main route mid way between Christchurch and Picton (see map). Christchurch, 180km (2.5 hours drive) to the south of Kaikoura has an international airport and Picton, 160km (2 hours drive) to the north, is the entry point for travellers coming to the South Island by ferry from Wellington in the North Island.
Kaikoura is a small coastal village that has an incredible vista; a large mountain range (the Seaward Kaikoura’s) provides a dramatic backdrop to the town centre located on the east side of a small peninsula extending out into the Pacific Ocean. This stunning view alone captivates those who visit Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is blessed with natural attractions revolving around the ocean and mountains and as a result is now well served by many activities which centre on these two domains.
Encounter Kaikoura which is the headquarters for the Dolphin Encounter operation also operates the Albatross Encounter with Ocean Wings tour that focuses on the many species of seabird off the Kaikoura Coastline.
The viewing of marine life, namely whales, dolphins, seals and birds is the main reason visitors come to Kaikoura, but there are many other attractions such as walks, fishing, scuba diving, 4 wheel adventures, Maori Tours, a wonderful golf course and a relaxing day spa with much more on offer. The Kaikoura Information Centre website also has a full compliment of activities and information on Kaikoura: www.kaikoura.co.nz.
Kaikoura is well served with places to stay, from Motor Inn to Backpacker accommodation. Once again Kaikoura Information Centre is a good source for this directory.
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Bed & Breakfasts
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Food and Beverage
Kaikoura has a large selection of eating places, from restaurants to fish and chip and fast food outlets. Crayfish (rock lobster) caught locally in the waters around Kaikoura, is a delicacy and a favourite dish in most restaurants.
Cafe Encounter The Encounter Kaikoura complex has its own licensed café facility for visitor’s and clients alike and specialises in breakfasts, lunches and casual dining.