Kaikoura in Canterbury, New Zealand is a small coastal seaside resort town and a very popular destination for both local and international travellers. Kaikoura is well know for its crayfish and marine life and famous for whale watching and swimming with the dolphins. Kaikoura is situated midway between Christchurch and Picton on the east coast of the South Island and is close to the rugged mountain range running the length of New Zealand

In 1770 the famous European explorer Captain Cook discovered the Kaikoura peninsula, however mistakenly thought it to be an island. Whaling began in 1843 and grew to be such a bustling industry that over one hundred men in the Kaikoura district alone were employed by the whaling industry.