Kaikoura is a unique place by the sea where marine wildlife lives in abundance, against the backdrop of the impressive Kaikoura mountain ranges. It is well known for its range of eco-tourism activities and getting up close with the main inhabitant along its shores, the giant Sperm Whale.
Whale watching in Kaikoura is simply a must-do as you're guaranteed to see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat, and along the way you're most likely to see a pod of bottlenose or duksy dolphins play in the water, be impressed by the take-off and water landing of the Royal Albatross, and see a bunch of sea lions lazing about on a rock, suc is the diversity.
The ocean here also provides some spectacular seafood, and a stay in Kaikoura may not go by without having tried the crayfish.
The Kaikoura Ranges provide some great hiking options, with stunning views of the Banks Peninsula from the top of Mf Fyffe.[Note that some of the hiking tracks have been temporarily closed due to the 2016 earthquake].
Things you shouldn't miss in Kaikoura
- Get up close with the sperm whale on a whale watching tour.
- Try the local crayfish.
- Paddle in the calm waters in a sea-kayak.
- Swim with dusky dolphins or seals.
- Find some excellent surf breaks along the coast.