Kaikōura is the meeting point for the ocean and mountains with a picturesque fishing village reimagined as a tourist destination offering marine experiences from dolphin encounters to whale watching. All of this washed down with local wines and a plate of succulent freshly harvested crayfish. Kaikōura’s drawcard is marine mammal encounters – whales, fur seals and dolphins live permanently in the coastal waters. There are ocean going birds and local seals to observe on your foreshore walks. Whale watching trips leave the town several times a day.
TIP: suffer from seasickness or motion nausea then be prepared for sometimes rough Southern Ocean swell.
6 must-do activities in Kaikōura:
Note: The Kaikoura Ohua stream walkway and falls is closed due to earthquake damage; there is now a marked lookout for seals and their pups nearby.
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