Kaikoura Visitor Information Centre

West End, Kaikoura.
Kaikoura, Canterbury
Kaikoura (Maori for seafood) is a seaside town of 4000 which has become a favoured place for visitors seeking a marine wild life encounter. You can swim with dolphins, watch whales from a boat or get close to an albatross or a seal on the beach.

Take your pick of the Kaikoura based commercial tours or independently walk on the Peninsula, on the slopes of Mount Fyffe, or on nearby beaches. Some beaches also provide excellent surfing and diving opportunities.

Do not miss the audio visual show at the Information Centre ($3.00). It explains why Kaikoura is such a remarkable place in the marine world. Scholars and students of marine ecology from around the globe visit here for these reasons.

Gain an insight into Maori culture,spirituality, values and way of life by taking the Maori Tour.

A local community group has proposed an integrated use
of a number of marine protection and fisheries mechanisms to manage coastal and marine resources.

In order to sustain the marine environment sanctuaries are proposed for whales and fur seals and reserves planned to encompass commercial, recreational and non-fishing areas.

South Island Iwi Ngai Tahu have always populated Kaikoura, thanks to it's plentiful marine resources, nowadays tapping into the tourist trade by operating tourism activities in the area.
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  • Seal Kaikoura
    Seal Kaikoura
  • Kaikoura
  • Kaikoura Wharf
    Kaikoura Wharf
  • Kaikoura Peninsula
    Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Street map
    Street map
  • Boat on Kaikoura shore
    Boat on Kaikoura shore
  • Kaikoura Welcome Sign
    Kaikoura Welcome Sign
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