Kaikoura the favourite eco-tourist destination
With the Pacific Ocean at your door and snow-capped mountains reaching skyward from the rugged coastline, you could be in only one place – Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is situated
2.5 hours from Christchurch (scenic route)
1.5 hours from Hanmer (inland route)
2 hours from Blenheim (coastal route)
Kaikoura, one step away from eco-paradise
Kaikoura has magnificent scenery, with great marine attractions and adventure activities, and a rich history, both Maori and Pakeha.
Framed by the spectacular mountain range and the expansive Pacific Ocean, Kaikoura is a thriving seaside town about two and a half hours' drive north of Christchurch.
The Maori name Kaikoura translates as 'meal of crayfish' (kai=food, koura=crayfish), and it is crayfish for which the region has traditionally been famous.
Kaikoura has a whole range of culinary delights, from freshly caught fish to crayfish and paua. The ocean of extravaganza provides an interesting array of tastes, sights and sounds.
Kaikoura has a vast range of activities for all ages
Kaikoura boasts a number of tourist attractions; it's famous for Whalewatch and Dolphin Encounter, and also provides a wonderful opportunity for viewing an impressive array of seabirds such as the mighty albatross.
Whales can be viewed from a boat or from the air, depending on weather conditions. There are amazing coastal walks alongside the magnificent Kaikoura Range, with abundant aquatic and bird life.
The Peninsula's tip provides the opportunity to view fur seals basking on the rocks, or see some of the world's largest seagoing birds.
Numerous adventures await your arrival back on land, including 4-wheel motor biking, cave tours, horse trekking, skiing, scenic mountain flights, mini-golf course, public swimming pool, and a skateboard park. Fishing off the new wharf is a popular pastime for local kids and visitors alike, as is walking along beaches, and exploring tidal pools.
Surfing is a popular water activity and many indulge in the sport, either for competition or leisure, at world-renowned Mangamaunu Beach and Puketa Beach.
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