Kaikoura is nestled between the towering mountains and the ocean on the rugged East Coast of the South Island in New Zealand.
A two hour drive north of Christchurch and known for its abundance of marine life, Kaikoura is a mecca for nature lovers and has become a popular tourist destination. Whales, dolphins and fur seals live permanently in the coastal waters of Kaikoura and the region is famous for its marine wildlife encounters, coastal walks and delicious fresh crayfish.
The area also has a rich history and culture, intermingling both Maori and European heritage. The name Kaikoura literally translates in Maori to mean ‘meal of crayfish’ (kai - food/meal, kōura - crayfish). Once established as a whaling station in 1843, Kaikoura now has a reputation as a community known for its environmental initiatives, conservation and friendly local vibe.
Kaikoura is a destination for all ages and seasons with plenty of activities on offer year round. Spend a night or two and enjoy this great place where the mountains meet the sea.