This is a place like nowhere else in the world - where mountains spectacularly meet the sea, magnificent wildlife is plentiful, and exciting adventures and fascinating history await you.
A 3 hours' drive north from Christchurch, you'll find Kaikoura - New Zealand's leading eco-tourism destination, with an amazing variety of marine and birdlife along its dramatic rugged coastline. Keep up-to-date with the open/closed status of the State Highway 1 road from Picton-Kaikoura-Christchurch here.
Sperm whales are perhaps the most famous residents here, living with dusky dolphins, fur seals and albatross. There's something captivating to see year round, with migrating species making themselves known through changes in seasons. View them by boat, plane or helicopter, or for a much closer encounter, swim alongside seals and dolphins. Check out the deals and activities in Kaikoura.