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Locations near Kaikoura:
- St Arnaud/Nelson Lakes
(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 and the famous
Coastal Pacific train from Christchurch and
Picton connecting with
Bluebridge ferry services from
Wellington to Picton and
Picton to Wellington.