Ep9: Glories galore in Kaikōura


On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, we explore the Coast with the Most. The bountiful Kaikōura Coast, where exceptional marine life, mouth-watering seafood and remarkable natural encounters are just the beginning. Join us we dip into the Coast with the Most. Welcome to uniquely Kaikōura.

Albatross at Kaikoura, New Zealand
Albatross at Kaikoura. Photo: Destination Kaikoura

It’s the terrain, the seascape and the topography that sets It’s the terrain, the seascape and the topography that sets Kaikōura apart. Few places in the world have such awesome mountains so close to the sea. We delve into the Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway. Embrace the elements and splendour of the ocean, the wildlife of the area, and those sizzling views of the seaward Kaikoura Range.

Kaikoura Coast Highway, New Zealand
Kaikoura Coast Highway. Photo: Destination Kaikoura

Whales are synonymous with Kaikōura. If you want to get intimate with a splashing whale’s tail, you can take to the water with Whale Watch, who have become one of New Zealand’s iconic tourism operators. Another great option is to take in the aerial spectacle with Air Kaikōura. It’s just the start of the pageant of marine life.

Sperm whale diving, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Sperm whale diving. Photo: Destination Kaikoura

Lynette Buurman is chair of Kaikoura Tourism, and for the past 25 years has been co-owner of Encounter Kaikōura. They’re the people to see if you want a Dolphin Encounter or Albatross Encounter. Lynette joins Kiwi Tripsters to talk about the spirit of Kaikōura.

Encounter-Kaikoura-Dolphins, Kaikoura, New Zealand
Encounter Kaikoura Dolphins. Photo: Dolphin Encounter

Culture and cuisine in Kaikōura. Post-quake, it’s not just the heroic reconstruction of the highway that wows people. We profile the remarkable grassroots rebuild of The Mayfair, check out the Americana magic of Harmon’s Classic Car Museum and Bernie’s Diner, explore Kaikōura Museum and delve into the town’s mouth-watering dining scene, currently abuzz with Crayfest.

Bernies Diner Classic. Kaikoura, New Zealand
Bernies Diner Classic, Kaikoura. Photo: Destination Kaikoura

Few places in the world can boast such a platter of natural wonders from the land and the sea, quite like Kaikōura. Backdropped by the splendour of snow-cloaked mountains rising up from the glittering coastline, discover the majestic marine life, the seafood and nature’s close embrace in the elemental brilliance of Kaikōura. www.kaikoura.co.nz

  • 00:57 Welcome to Kaikoura
  • 10:25 Whale watching in Kaikoura
  • 17:57 Chat with Lynette Buurman
  • 31:32 The new aquatic center in Kaikoura

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