About Kaikoura

With a population of approximately 4,000 residents, the Kaikoura township is located on a rocky peninsula protruding from lush farmland beneath the mountains.

In Maori legend, Maui placed his foot on the Kaikoura peninsula to steady himself while he 'pulled-up' the North Island. The Maori name Kaikoura translates to 'meal of crayfish' (Kai - food, koura - crayfish), and it is crayfish for which the region has traditionally been famous. In more recent times Kaikoura has become world famous for the spectacular whale and dolphin watching trips that run from town several times a day.

Many different species of whale can be seen off Kaikoura at different times of the year and there are almost always huge Sperm Whales enjoying the Coast's abundant food sources. But it's not just Whales that love the waters off Kaikoura.

The game fishing and gathering of Crayfish (lobster) and Paua (Abalone) is among the best in the world. A very short drive from the coast takes you to the foothills and prime hunting and fly fishing territory.

Kaikoura is the ultimate destination to experience Pure NZ. Kaikoura is located approximately 2 hours from Christchurch which has a world class international airport. We can arrange a rental car, shuttle bus or we can pick you up from Christchurch airport.

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