Kaikoura is about two and half hours north of
Christchurch. Kaikoura boasts a number of tourist attractions including whale watching,
dolphin swimming (yes, you can actually swim with the dolphins in
seal swimming, trout and salmon fishing, and amazing costal walks, all
set under the magnificent Kaikoura ranges.
The whale watching, though, has to be the most
spectacular activity in Kaikoura. Whale watch tours will take you right
up to giant Sperm whales (which can be up to 20 meters long). Other
whales that can be sighted included the Humpback Whale and the Orca.
While you can whale watch all year round, it's best to book ahead from
either Picton, Wellington or Christchurch (check at an information centre).
There are a number of interesting bush walks near Kaikoura. These
walks include short tracks around the foothills of Mount Fyffe, to
climbing the mountain itself, to a height of over 1600 meters! Come prepared
for all climates though, since the combination of mountains and the sea
create strong winds and quick changes in temperature.