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Despite the severe earthquake in the Huanui District on 14 Nov 16, Kaikoura still has some damage to the town and tourism infrastructure but the town is up and running and is welcoming tourists to the town. There is unlimited 24 hour/7 day a week road access using the inland route from Christchurch. Road access from Picton and Blenheim is still not available and the rail line to and from Christchurch, Blenheim and Picton to Kaikoura has been badly damage, so there are currently no bus/coach or passenger rail/train services to and from Kaikoura.
(Pop: 2173) is located 132kms south of Picton and 180kms north of
Christchurch, is situated on rocky coastline - Kaikoura is renowned as the
whale watching centre of New Zealand and 'Swimming with the Dolphins'.
The name 'Kaikoura' translates to 'meal of
crayfish' ('kai'- food/meal, 'koura' - crayfish) and the crayfish industry
still plays a role in the economy of the region.
Kaikoura's major event is the 'Seafest' which is held in October. Besides the rich marine mammals and birdlife, Kaikoura can offer the visitor a range of activities from early whaling exhibits, 4WD driving, horse trekking, farms tours to skiing at Mt Lyford Skifield only a hour's drive from Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is served by regular
coach and bus services to and from Christchurch, Blenheim and
Picton connecting with Cook Strait ferry services from
Wellington to Picton and
Picton to Wellington.