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Kaikoura is located about half way between Christchurch and Picton. The township is situated on a flat in between two mountain ranges extending right to the sea, and the beautiful road leading into it twists itself around the coast and tunnels through the mountain ranges, while the TranzCoastal train ride offers magnificent view and a relaxing ride. This stunning combination of rugged coastline and grand mountains reveals yet another of the South Island’s magnificent natural wonders.

Kaikoura’s best known attraction is its wildlife. The Kaikoura Peninsula to the south of the township creates currents that draw in marine life from a trench deep in the Pacific Ocean. The name Kaikoura literally means food – kai, and crayfish – koura, an industry that continues to thrive in the region thanks to this natural phenomenon.

Most famous though are the whales that frequent the waters off the coast. Sperm Whales reside here year-round; in fact sightings are so frequent that some whale watching operators will provide a refund in the unlikely event of not spotting one.

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Every whale watching trip is unique, as there are all sorts of marine creatures you could encounter. Humpback, Pilot, Southern Right and Blue whales can sometimes be seen migrating, and often you’ll see pods of Dusky dolphins, these can be anywhere between a few and a few hundred! If you’re really lucky you may see a small pod of Orca (Killer Whales), the largest of the dolphins, or the smallest and rarest the Hector Dolphin. Also highly popular is the opportunity to swim with the dolphins here.

High up in the surrounding mountains are the nesting grounds for a huge variety of seabirds including an assortment of species of albatrosses, petrel and shearwaters.

A large colony of New Zealand Fur Seals make their home the shoreline of the town and its surrounding area. When the tide recedes the seals claim the rocky shores which can be easily explored on foot, just don’t get too close! Sometimes fur seals can be seen from your whale watching boat too, travelling in pods of about 30.

A few video of New Zealand travel

On internet there is lots of interests video about New Zealand, a few about Kaikoura.

Some of the video are made by New Zealand travel agent, some are from NZ Govt. let have a look some of them.

I came across this video by accident when I brows Auckland food(三原色奥克兰), it is very funny when seeing john key to get on David letterman’s show. The top ten list was actually the way that john Key ‘s sense of humor to selling New Zealand .

 

Above video are made by New Zealand weta (The same company made lord of ring, Avart and lots of other high level motion Hollywood movie) for New Zealand govt. inside video there are lots of interest spots. lord of ring, waterfall, sea coast, seafood and friendly people. video was cite from youtube ‘s pure New Zealand channel. People should check this video out before come to NZ.

This is really funny middle-earth weather forecast. I dont understand a single thing of this video. But there is subtitle and the actor dress like middle earth, it is really funny.