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Fyffe House, Kaikoura
(3.7/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web)
See Kaikoura's oldest surviving building at Fyffe House, a structure first built with whale bone dating back to 1844. The attraction stands as an enduring reminder of Scotsman Robert Fyfe's whaling station, which employed crews to harpoon whales and boil their blubber for oil. Fyfe employed local Maori men for these crews in addition to international workers; the trade continued until the 1840s, when whales became scarce. Locals were forced to turn to sheep and dairy farming instead. Learn about local lifestyle through the decades, which includes insight on the harsh conditions and the resourcefulness of both the natives and European settlers. Displays include dioramas, audio tales, and photographs. Don't miss viewing the whale-bone foundation from the house's exterior while taking a walk around the garden. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Kaikoura holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fyffe House and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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TripAdvisor
  • Lovely warm welcome and introduction to the house history. Broader information freely provided about the local area including great tips for dining and other places to visit too. Such enthusiasm and k...  more »
  • I loved this place - fascinating history, and much of it is relatively recent! The information attached to the well-presented displays is really interesting and the staff were friendly and knowledgeab...  more »
  • This smallish house is well worth a visit if you are in the area. There is lots of info about the early settlement days in NZ when it was used as a whalers cottage and after that up until 1980 when it...  more »
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  • A small place to visit. House build on whale bones. Take less than 15 mins to finish the visit.btw. owner is nice and friendly. There is description on how to hunt a whale.