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Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a town in the Kaikoura District, in the Canterbury Region on New Zealand's South Island. The town has about 2,200 inhabitants and is a popular place in the country to go out on the ocean for whale- and dolphin watching.

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Cormorant
NZ Fur Seal
Dusky Dolphins
Dusky Dolphin
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Sperm Whale Fluke

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YHA Kaikoura

YHA Kaikoura

An amazingly well-equipped kitchen, including many spices, was the highlight for us in this hostel. Lovely rooms and building. Staff availability was a bit hit-and-miss, but friendly when there. Location is halfway between town and the seal colony, which can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. ... more

Overall
4
Fish Tank Lodge

Fish Tank Lodge

Apart from having one of our beds in the dorm double booked it was a great stay. The owner made every effort ot rectify the situation, and was hospitable, which made all the difference to our stay ... more

Overall
4

Kaikoura Discussions

  • Help! Driving Kaikoura to Wanaka
    Hi, We are driving from Kaikoura to Wanaka via Greymouth on Arthur's Pass and need to know how long it's likely to take incase we will need to stay the night somewhere on the way? Please help? Thanks ...

  • Seeing the South Island on a budget
    Wow, 3 days isn't much time. You can drive or take a hostel shuttle up to Kaikoura, and then book a whale watching trip with Kaikoura Whale Watch -- that will take up pretty much most of a day if you're doing it from Christchurch. You could probably continue on to Picton after Kaikoura, too. ...

  • Dolphin Swimming
    Hi there, just wondering where the best place to do the dolphin swimming in New Zealand would be? I was thinking of doing it in Kaikoura but they also do it in Auckland. Any suggestions? Thanks. ...

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Kaikoura Blog Entries

  • Day 4
    Kaikoura, according to the guide book, means food (Kai), crayfish (koura). As well as the seafood we're here for the whale watching. All in all it was an awesome day. The day started early (jet lag proving hard to shift..) with a 5 am start and lots of coffee before a fantastic sunrise, whale ...
    Posted in Destination Aotearoa by The Pearsons

  • New Zealand adventures
    Kaikoura 14th January - 18th January 2014 Early on the 14th I left the city of Christchurch and headed north to Kaikoura, an old whaling town. After a 2 hour bus journey I arrived and I instantly felt ...
    Posted in Helen goes round the world! by HelenHeneghan

  • Kaikoura
    Day 1 in Kaikoura We're currently sitting in our hostel 'The Fish Tank' in Kaikoura after a big day of walking and animal viewing! On the drive into Kaikoura we saw a pod of dusky dolphins (the ...
    Posted in Louie and Charlie's Travels by lwright11

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Albatross Backpacker Inn
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86 %

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Apart from having one of our beds in the dorm double booked it was a great stay.
YHA Kaikoura
85 %

YHA Kaikoura

270 Esplanade (Map) - Hostel
An amazingly well-equipped kitchen, including many spices, was the highlight for us in this hostel. Lovely rooms and building. Staff availability was a bit hit-and-miss, but friendly when there.
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