Tiki Touring New Zealand Travel
One Tree Hill in Auckland

Visit Tiki Touring for the best ideas of where to stay and what to do in New Zealand

- Visitor Information -
Map of New Zealand
Currency Converter
Car Hire
Distances Between Cities
City & Street Maps
Inter City Coachlines
City-by-city Events
City Hotel Search
City-by-city Hotels
Where to Eat Guide
Latest Tour Deals
NZ Duty Free
- Major NZ Cities -
Where to Stay
What to Do
AA Map of Auckland
Street Maps
Transport Journey Planner
(Bus and train timetables)
Inter City Bus Timetables
Climb Auckland Harbour Bridge
Latest Tour Deals
Auckland Airport
Flight information
Wellington Suggestions
Wellington Sights & Events
Wellington Hotels
Christchurch Suggestions
Christchurch Sights & Events
Christchurch Hotels
Dunedin Suggestions
Dunedin Hotels
Dunedin Tours
- Regions of NZ -
Bay of Plenty
Rotorua Suggestions
Rotorua Sights & Events
Rotorua Hotels
Tauranga Sights and Events
Tauranga Suggestions
Tauranga Hotels
Mt Maunganui Suggestions
Mt Maunganui Hotels
Akaroa Tours
Kaikoura Hotels
Coromandel Suggestions
Coromandel Hotels
Thames Hotels
Hawke's Bay
Hastings Hotels
Hastings Tours
Napier Hotels
Napier Suggestions
Napier Tours
Palmerston North Hotels
Blenheim Hotels
Blenheim Tours
Nelson Hotels
Nelson Tours
Picton Hotels
Picton Tours
North of Auckland
Bay of Islands Ideas
Bay of Islands Hotels
Bay of Islands Tours
Russell Tours
Paihia Tours
Whangarei Hotels
Far North Hotels
Arrowtown Hotels
Cromwell Hotels
Fox Glacier Hotels
Fox Glacier Tours
Franz Josef Hotels
Franz Josef Tours
Queenstown Suggestions
Queenstown Hotels
Queenstown Tours
Te Anau Hotels
Te Anau Tours
Wanaka Hotels
Wanaka Tours
Poverty Bay
Gisborne Hotels
Taranaki Hotels
Taranaki Suggestions
New Plymouth Hotels
Wanganui Hotels
Taupo Hotels
Taupo Suggestions
Ohakune Hotels
Hamilton Hotels
Hamilton Tours
Waikato Suggestions
Waitomo Caves
Waitomo Hotels
Waitomo Tours
Other Links
Travel Links


South Island, New Zealand

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

Whale Watch article
Whale Watch pictures
Wings Over Whales article
Wings Over Whales pictures
Kaikoura pictures
Hotels and Accommodation in Christchurch
Whale Watching Tours from Christchurch

By Richard Moore

If 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.

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.

Apart 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.

Kaikoura 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.

And scores of thousands of visitors are drawn to the area each year by the chance to see these wonderful creatures in their natural environment.

There 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.

But 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.

Of 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.

Inland from Kaikoura is Hanmer Springs where you can indulge in thermal pools or go on some adventure activities.



Copyright Richard Moore 2009 | Contact Us | Currency Converter | About Us | Privacy Policy |