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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 certain seasons), 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.

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