This panoramic alpine coastal town and scenery brings many visitors to the region, both local and international alike. Located in the northernmost district of the Canterbury Region on the east coast of the South Island, this coastal town is known for its sustainable tourism industry, abundant wildlife, and mouth-watering crayfish.
A well-known base for all things wildlife, Kaikōura is the go-to destination for sperm whale watching. Take a catamaran out to sea and watch these magnificent creatures leap out of the water before you. On the way, catch a glimpse of the fur seals, bird colonies, and ever playful dolphins that co-exist here in abundance.
With plenty of quirky cafes, stunning walkways, diving escapades, and picture-perfect snaps of snow-studded mountains against the rugged New Zealand coastline, Kaikōura is one destination where you truly do feel as though you’ve stepped into a postcard, no matter what time of year you visit.