At first glance Kaikoura seems to be an ordinary town with an extraordinary setting against a majestic backdrop of snow capped mountains. This small, east coast town is known above all for its whale watching opportunities. It is without doubt the best place in the New Zealand to see the magnificent sperm whale and combined with good opportunities to swim with dusky dolphins as well as see seals and pelagic birds, has become a 'must visit' destination for wildlife enthusiasts.
Situated about 2 hours north of Christchurch, Kaikoura possesses a dramatic coastline as the mountains meet the sea and some stunning surrounding scenery suitable for walking. With some excellent crayfish on offer and a good proximity to New Zealand's top wineries, Kaikoura is becoming far more than the whale watching mecca that made it famous.