The translation for Kaikoura is eating crayfish. It used to be a town where people go whaling. It is now a quaint little town where tourist packed onto boats for whale and dolphin watching, walked the amazing kaikoura peninsula walkway and watched the seals busk in the sun at the seal colony.
Kaikoura have been the most picturesque location I’ve been to in New Zealand till now, magnificent snow capped mountains as a backdrop, beautiful nook beach. The beach is not a sandy beach as the sea level drops really deep about 5-10 meters from shoreline, there is not enough distance for the waves to break the stones to sand. Hence, the abundance of huge marine life can be viewed not too far from the town.
I stayed at the Albatross backpackers which is nice and cosy, they also have great communal spaces. I had a wonderful time hanging out with the other travelers, having company for the peninsula walk was great! Was also asked to join for a fish and chips hunt in town, where I’ve had very fresh and yummy fish and chips from Don’s Asian Kitchen, apart from the freshness of Don’s seafood, this is the first and ONLY fish and chips shop in NZ that a wide variety of sauce are at the counter for you to enjoy your meal with, Free Of Charge!!!!!! Yes, most of the time you will need to pay a few dollars for even vinegar, tomato sauce or tartar sauce. I would stay at Albatross backpackers and visit Don whenever I am in Kaikoura!