Marine life at Kaikōura - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Kaikōura

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Kaikōura in the Video tab.

Kaikōura means ‘eat crayfish’, and roadside caravans near the town offer the seafood delicacy for sale. Kaikōura is also home to fur seals, dolphins, and – most famously – whales feeding offshore, drawn there by a massive underwater canyon less than 5 kilometres from shore.

Related web links:
Kaikōura coast
Crayfish caravan, Kaikōura
Kaikōura Whale Watch
Whales in Kaikōura: mural
Ngāi Tahu

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-mp-090315-pm).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit