What to See and Do in Kaikoura, New Zealand

This coastal town is the comeback kid of the year.

In 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the coastal town of Kaikoura, New Zealand. But today, the region is set to make a huge comeback, with a 295% increase in bookings from some vacation rental companies.

If you’re a nature lover, Kaikoura should be at the top of your list of places to visit (after all, it’s on Airbnb’s list of 19 destinations to visit in 2019). Here are the top things to see and do while you’re there.

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Explore Marine Life
Kaikoura is world famous for its whales, but it’s also full of other marine life. Whether you want to fish, or try to spot a dolphin, seal or a variety of sea-birds, be sure to sign up for a local tour or rent a boat to soak up all of the beauty.

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Stop by the Lavender Farm
Enjoy a stroll through the tranquil gardens of Lavendyl Lavender Farm and grab a cup of something soothing in its accompanying tea room for a day of adventure and relaxation. For those who like to shop, the farm features lavender essential oil, massage cream, bath products, lavender honey, skin and hair products, crafts, preserves and art for your purchase and enjoyment.

Take a Step Back in Time
As the last remnant of an 1842 pioneer whaling station, the Fyffe House is Kaikoura’s oldest surviving building. Located in a stunning seaside setting, the pink house offers one-of-a-kind views of the ocean and inland snow-capped mountains.

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Go for a Hike
Jutting out from the rugged east coast of the South Island is the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway, which offers historic whaling sites and breathtaking clifftop views of the sea and mountains. A collection of information panels located along the walkway will also give you a chance to learn more about the history of the area, as well as its animals, culture and geology.

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