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Kaikoura

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Things to do: trails, sightseeing, adventure
Head to the small town of Kaikoura, a humble setting from which to witness some of nature's grandest designs. Spot the marine life that lives permanently off the coast, such as whales, seabirds, dolphins, and fur seals, before enjoying a traditional meal of crayfish in one of the many charming restaurants in the town's center. Kaikoura's natural attractions make it a great base for exploring the surrounding landscape: the alpine mountain range that touches the coast here offers stunning views and extensive hiking opportunities. Take stress off the schedule by using our New Zealand vacation generator.
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Where to stay in Kaikoura

As a small town, Kaikoura has a limited number of accommodations, yet it offers a diverse choice for those who stay here. Hotels and motels line the waterfront, while RV parks and hostels are available farther back from the sea. Pre-booking is recommended during peak seasons.
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