Kaikoura New Zealand
Kaikoura New Zealand: The home of New Zealand's marine eco-tourism, Kaikoura is an appealing and inviting little coastal village located on the scenic eastern route of the South Island, 180km north of Christchurch.
Home to around 3500 inhabitants, Kaikoura is a shrine for whale-watchers and dolphin enthusiasts who flock here in great numbers to see the whales up close and personal frolicing and feeding in the deep waters just a few hundred metres from the shore.
Kaikoura has other lures too, and the biggest hint you get of that impending temptation is the giant red crayfish billboard, a sure invitation to sample one of New Zealand's most sought-after and prized delicacies, the South Island crayfish.
Many a Kiwi, having dined on the South Island crayfish, will testify to its sweet succulence, a result of the pristine and cold waters that allows other species like the tasty blue cod, oysters and scallops, to breed and thrive, much to the benefit of Kaikoura and its residents
From Kaikohe in the north, to Kaikoura in the south, AA Travel can make that special experience happen for you, whether you want to indulge in whale-watching or dine on crayfish on your incredible New Zealand journey.
An arm of the New Zealand Automobile Association, AA Travel follows its parent company's footsteps when it comes to providing the ultimate in customer services for tourists and travellers alike.
At AA Travel, our staff are so well versed that they'll even tell you how to pick the freshest and best crayfish for your palate, and if you're lucky they'll even throw in a world-class recipe for you to take back and try at home.
AA Travel knows New Zealand like no other, and that is why our staff recommend the uplifting experience of a stopover at Kaikoura and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of witnessing the world's largest mammals rise and dive as they feed and play in one of the world's best deep-sea sanctuaries.