travel42 Professional Cruise Port of Call Review

Boat trips offering whale-watching and swimming with dolphins, seals or sharks have helped put Kaikoura, New Zealand, a once-quiet South Island fishing village 115 mi/185 km north of Christchurch, on the map. Whale-watching boats are equipped with underwater microphones, so the success rate for sightings is quite high. Some species are rare and found only in the Southern Hemisphere, and sperm whales are seen almost year-round.

For landlubbers, a number of nice walking trails begin near town, ...

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