Kaikoura, Hanmer & Waipara


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Few places in the world can boast of such nature wonders as those offered by land and sea in Kaikoura. This whole area is a magnet for nature-lovers. If you look inland, the mountains you see are the Kaikouras. The tallest peak is Mount Tapuaenuku. Kaikoura’s ocean-life is also deeply impressive. If you’re very lucky, you might get a glimpse of a whale from the shore. Sperm whales are the most common, but others like minke, humpback, orca, the southern right whale, and even the rare Blue Whale, all pass this way on their underwater highway. Further afield is Hanmer Springs, a quaint alpine village with toasty thermal waters, nestled in a sunny forested valley, surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Sounds like something Hans Christian Andersen might make up, but Hanmer is better than any fairy tale
 
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