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Introducing Kaikoura

Take SH1 132km southeast from Blenheim (or 183km north from Christchurch) and you’ll encounter Kaikoura, a pretty peninsula town backed by the snowcapped Seaward Kaikoura Range. Few places in the world are home to such a variety of easily spottable wildlife: whales, dolphins, NZ fur seals, penguins, shearwaters, petrels and wandering albatross all live in the area or pass by.

Marine animals are abundant here due to ocean-current and continental-shelf conditions: the seabed gradually slopes away from the land before plunging to more than 800m where the southerly current hits the continental shelf. This creates an upwelling of nutrients up from the ocean floor into the feeding zone.