Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located 180 km north of Christchurch. The area has now become a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching and swimming with or near dolphins. There is also a large and readily observed colony of southern fur seals at the eastern edge of the town.
It is also one of the best reasonably accessible places in the world to see open ocean seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, including the Hutton's shearwater which nests high in Kaikoura's mountains.
The town has a beautiful setting, as the Seaward Kaikoura mountains, a branch of the Southern Alps, come nearly to the sea at this point on the coast. Because of this, there are many walking tracks up and through the mountains.
January 10th, 2016
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