Watching in Kaikoura
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you are planning a visit to New Zealand's stunning South Island,
then you really do have to give yourself enough time - say four
days - to indulge yourself at Kaikoura.
is a beautiful little town tucked in between mountains and the Pacific
Ocean about two hours south of Blenheim and two hours north of Christchurch.
from its marvellous scenery, Kaikoura is renowned for whale spotting,
fresher-than-fresh seafood, seal colonies and swimming with dolphins.
And you just have to check out the giant murals on the sides of
many of the buildings in the town.
is not only a seriously gorgeous part of the world where mountains
meet the sea, it just so happens to also be the whale-spotting mecca
of New Zealand.
scores of thousands of visitors are drawn to the area each year
by the chance to see these wonderful creatures in their natural
are two main ways to see the whales - by sea and by air - through
Wings Over Whales and Whale
Watch. These are fantastic trips offering quite different views
of the giant creatures.
Kaikoura is not just about whales. There are large seal
colonies at Ohau, on the main road into town, a terrific winery
and a tranquil lavender farm. You can also visit Fyffe House, an
early home in the area, near to the town's own seal colony.
course a visit to Kaikoura would not be complete without sampling
the exceptional seafood the area has to offer. You'll pay an arm
and a leg for lobster in the town's eateries but roadside caravans
and stores can have you eating just-caught lobster for around $28.
You just have to do it.
from Kaikoura is Hanmer Springs
where you can indulge in thermal pools or go on some adventure activities.