Whale watching and much more
Kaikoura is a popular stop off for passengers who want to immerse themselves in the sheer drama and beauty of this very special meeting place of majestic alpine scenery, beautiful rugged coastline, Maori culture and amazing ocean wildlife.
While whale watching is a big draw card, visitors soon discover that along with plenty of water activities, there’s a lot to do onshore as well, from beautiful shoreline walks to view wildlife, multi-day walks in the nearby mountains, to horse trekking, quad biking, golf and more.
Mountains and ocean come
astonishingly close on this journey between Christchurch and Picton.
Kaikoura whale watching
Get up close and personal with the whales and other marine life in Kaikoura.
Whale watch central
To go and watch whales look for the Kaikoura train station.
Also known as Koura in Maori, Crayfish abound in Kaikoura
I travelled on the Coastal Pacific to Kaikoura to see the whales for the day - such great scenery that I wouldn't have seen if I didn't take the train.