Kaikoura New Zealand

This coastal town enjoys a spectacular position between the Pacific Ocean and the dramatic peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges. Many visitors are attracted by the opportunity to take a Whale Watch Tour by boat, or for an airborne view of the Whales you can take a 'Wings over Whales' flight. Whales are attracted to this area by food laden currents that wash through deep ocean trenches located not far from the coastline. Dolphins and seals are abundant and swimming with dolphins is another great way to appreciate the amazing wildlife.

The town has most services including bank, post office, dining and of course accommodation, also a railway station as it is located on the Coastal Pacific line that runs between Picton and Christchurch. Not surprisingly seafood is a local specialty, with the feature dish being Crayfish (a form of rock lobster).