Kaikoura is a small coastal town located on the Kaikoura peninsula, about two hours north of Christchurch. There is a fur seal colony on the peninsula that is one of the major draws of the area. You can get up close and personal with the seals, as I did in a previous post. Just don’t get too close! The water and rocky coastline are beautiful, and the mountains complete the panorama. Whale watching tours are another main draw in the area. Kaikoura can be seen and explored in a day, but there are plenty of hikes and water activities to keep you occupied longer.