Kaikoura

The Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the sea south of the small town, and the resulting upwelling currents bring an abundance of marine life from the depths of the nearby Hikurangi Trench. The town owes its origin to this effect, as it developed as a center for the whaling industry. The name ‘Kaikoura’ translates to ‘meal of crayfish’ (‘kai’- food/meal, ‘koura’ – crayfish) and the crayfish industry still plays a role in the economy of the region. With less than 3,000 people it’s a safe bet that there are more whales in the sea than people in the town.

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