Kaikoura was simply amazing. I had so many new and wonderful experiences such as swimming with dolphins, photographing albatross and fur seals, and taking my first surfing lesson.
I plan to go back again soon.
Try locally caught and fresh lobster. Seafood shop on main road into Kaikoura just before turning to the shops has great seafood esp the smoked local fish.
The local aquarium is well worth a visit, we learnt a lot and was very interesting with several fish to view and read about the local environment all created by 1 person. Pier Hotel at the end of the slip way is a great place to have a drink or a meal and watch the every changing clouds on Kaikoura mountains
Nice city to stay if you have a car, it is difficult to get around they have only shuttle service running around the city, not even taxi.
You will never experience a more beautiful place like Kaikoura. Watch the whales and the dolphins and feel humbled.
YOU REALLY WILL! Experience the gorgeous scenery of the landscape and its beauty will amaze you.