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|Kaikoura - The Home of Whale Watching|
between Kaikoura, Blenheim and Picton on State Highway 1 is now available from
7am to 8.30pm 7 days a week
(Pop: 2173) is located 132kms south of Picton and 180kms north of
Christchurch, is situated on rocky coastline - Kaikoura is renowned as the
whale watching centre of New Zealand and 'Swimming with the Dolphins'.
The name 'Kaikoura' translates to 'meal of
crayfish' ('kai'- food/meal, 'koura' - crayfish) and the crayfish industry
still plays a role in the economy of the region.
Kaikoura's major event is the 'Seafest' which is held in October. Besides the rich marine mammals and birdlife, Kaikoura can offer the visitor a range of activities from early whaling exhibits, 4WD driving, horse trekking, farms tours to skiing at Mt Lyford Skifield only a hour's drive from Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is served daily
inter-regional and long distance
coach and bus services to and from Christchurch, Blenheim and
Picton connecting with Cook Strait ferry services from
Wellington to Picton and
Picton to Wellington.