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KAIKOURA - the best insider tips for vacation, holiday & travel

Kaikoura is a coastal town in between Picton and Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand where the snow capped mountain ranges meets the Pacific Ocean. Captain Cook discovered the peninsula in 1770. The town’s name translates to “eat crawfish” and it was where locals flocked to when they wanted to enjoy fresh seafood (particularly crawfish) but it has become a tourist hotspot of late because of the rich wildlife where tourists can spot seals, penguins, whales, and albatross to name a few species.  The world’s biggest dolphins, the Orca, can be seen here, as well as and the world smallest and rarest kind – the Hector’s.  Kaikoura is also where the biggest concentration and varieties of seabirds like the petrels, shearwaters, and albatross converge in New Zealand. Apart from admiring the rich wildlife, tourists can go diving, snorkeling, catching their next fresh seafood meal, surfing, kayaking, hiking, exploring the wilderness, deer hunting, and swimming with the seals and dolphins.

Kaikoura is easily accessible by a 2 hour car, bus or by train (departing from Picton or Chritchurch) and the town also has an airport where small compact planes operate. The best time to visit Kaikoura is during the months from Nov-Feb where the temperature is at its warmest and there are less rain showers. Although sperm whales, fur seals, and dusky dolphins can be seen the whole year round, Dec-Mar is the bet time to spot Orcas.

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