Kaikoura, which lies on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, is the perfect place for a weekend getaway from the cities of Picton or Christchurch. It boasts of having the most successful whale and dolphin spotting tours, with an almost hundred per cent spotting rate. One can see various kinds of whales, including sperm whales, orcas, humpback whales and even the mighty blue whale! You could also book a tour to go swimming in the ocean with these gentle, harmless giants. There are multiple whale and dolphin spotting tours that operate here, both on boats and on choppers!
The drive up to Kaikoura from Christchurch takes you through the beautiful Waipara valley, known for its vineyards. The route from Picton is also very scenic as it lies along the coastline. There are day tours that operate from these cities to Kaikoura, just for whale-spotting. However, there is much to explore in the little town, such as the fur-seal colony. You could also try the local and fresh seafood served in multiple places here – the town is famous for its crayfish. Also try the Paua Sandwich, which is sold near the fur seal colony at various snack stalls. Taking a walk along the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway would be an ideal way to end a long day, as you can take in the beautiful view of the peninsula.
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