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Kaikoura: What to do when you get there?

Kaikoura is a tiny town of only 2,000 people, located north of Christchurch, New Zealand, along the Marlborough coast. Kaikoura is the northernmost seaside town in Canterbury, and is one of the most special destinations as well. Travelers flock to Kaikoura for extraordinary whale-watching opportunities, dolphin, and seal encounters.

Even though the whales of Kaikoura are now only observed from afar, this city was historically known as a whaling town ever since Europeans settled on the island in 1842. In 1922, whale hunting was stopped, and inhabitants now rely on sheep and agriculture for economic stability.

Kaikoura is the site where one of the rarest and largest eggs in the world - the Moa egg - was discovered. Moa eggs were hatched from six species of rare, flightless birds, native to New Zealand. Extinct since the 14th century, these birds grew up to 12 feet tall, and weighed in at 230 kg! While the egg itself is now in the Te Papa National Museum in Wellington, you can visit the site where it was found- right next to the Fyffe house.

The Fyffe house is a favourite spot for visitors to see as well. When Robert Fyffe settled in Kaikoura, he founded the whaling industry, and built this house on the land where he would soon establish the Waiopuka Fishery. The foundation of the house is built on whale vertebrae, which is quite unique!

Historical artefacts and sites, Kaikoura is a famous spot visitors travel to if only just to swim with dolphins! The coastline of Kaikoura is just next to the Hikurangi Trench, a canyon over 3,750m deep. the canyon is rich with marine life, and a perfect place for dolphins to feed. Another reason people chose Kaikoura for swimming with dolphins (out of all the places in the world one can) is the high level of consideration for animal well-being. For example, dolphins have "nap time" in the afternoons, and tours are not conducted during this time so they can rest. 

Another favourite activity you can do in Kaikoura is snorkel with seals. Like the dolphins, they flock around the trench to catch lots of tasty treats! If you're not in the mood for a swim, you can also head to the coastline and check out the colonies of sunbathing seals outside of the water.

In addition to all of these amazing activities, you can also grab a friend and go sea kayaking. Perhaps see the city from the air on a romantic helicopter tour! There are countless outdoor activities to try and sites to visit!

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        Kaikoura: What to do when you get there?

        Kaikoura is a tiny town of only 2,000 people, located north of Christchurch, New Zealand, along the Marlborough coast. Kaikoura is the northernmost seaside town in Canterbury, and is one of the most special destinations as well. Travelers flock to Kaikoura for extraordinary whale-watching opportunities, dolphin, and seal encounters.

        Even though the whales of Kaikoura are now only observed from afar, this city was historically known as a whaling town ever since Europeans settled on the island in 1842. In 1922, whale hunting was stopped, and inhabitants now rely on sheep and agriculture for economic stability.

        Kaikoura is the site where one of the rarest and largest eggs in the world - the Moa egg - was discovered. Moa eggs were hatched from six species of rare, flightless birds, native to New Zealand. Extinct since the 14th century, these birds grew up to 12 feet tall, and weighed in at 230 kg! While the egg itself is now in the Te Papa National Museum in Wellington, you can visit the site where it was found- right next to the Fyffe house.

        The Fyffe house is a favourite spot for visitors to see as well. When Robert Fyffe settled in Kaikoura, he founded the whaling industry, and built this house on the land where he would soon establish the Waiopuka Fishery. The foundation of the house is built on whale vertebrae, which is quite unique!

        Historical artefacts and sites, Kaikoura is a famous spot visitors travel to if only just to swim with dolphins! The coastline of Kaikoura is just next to the Hikurangi Trench, a canyon over 3,750m deep. the canyon is rich with marine life, and a perfect place for dolphins to feed. Another reason people chose Kaikoura for swimming with dolphins (out of all the places in the world one can) is the high level of consideration for animal well-being. For example, dolphins have "nap time" in the afternoons, and tours are not conducted during this time so they can rest. 

        Another favourite activity you can do in Kaikoura is snorkel with seals. Like the dolphins, they flock around the trench to catch lots of tasty treats! If you're not in the mood for a swim, you can also head to the coastline and check out the colonies of sunbathing seals outside of the water.

        In addition to all of these amazing activities, you can also grab a friend and go sea kayaking. Perhaps see the city from the air on a romantic helicopter tour! There are countless outdoor activities to try and sites to visit!

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