Kaikoura is in the South Island

Kaikoura is situated on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, about an hour and a half drive from Christchurch. This small town is well known for the whale watching trips you can take out into the ocean.

Kaikoura has become one of the best places in the world to see whales breaching year around. The whales are always present, with greater numbers at certain times of the year, because the combination of ocean currents and the drop off into deeper waters so close to the shore means food is plentiful for the whales and you don't need to travel too far offshore to see them.

Swimming with dolphins and seal trips are also available from Kaikoura. It's also a great place to taste fresh New Zealand seafood.

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Hike the captivating Abel Tasman National Park

15 Day Full South Island Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour

If you're into nature, spectacular views and more fresh air then you know what to do with this tour is for you!

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Jump on the orange bus and discover the real New Zealand

26 Day North and South Christchurch to Christchurch Winter Tour

Visit both the North and South Island of New Zealand on this great value tour.

This tour starts in Christchurch and finishes in Christchurch and allows you to see the highlights New Zealand has to offer including Rotorua maori culture, Abel Tasman National Park, Doubtful Sound, Kaikoura, Queenstown and much, much more. You'll be able to conquer your fair share of the New Zealand terrain. Hike the volcanic craters of middle earth and traverse icy glaciers as you take in all the highlights of the North Island and South Islands.

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 Stay at Hahei beach, an idyllic spot in the Coromandel, within walking distance to Cathedral Cove.

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Our mission is to get you off the beaten track around New Zealand amongst authentic local culture and our experienced crew has chosen some incredible destinations so you can see more and do more! Travel to the places you're less likely to find in the guide book but the ones you'll be talking about long after the adventure has ended.