2. Watch Whales
The nutrient-rich waters near Kaikoura make it a marine-life mecca. Sperm whales, orcas, dolphins and fur seals are year-round residents and migrating humpbacks, pilots and blue whales often pass by. It’s one of the best whale-watching spots in the world, and local tour boats boast a 95% chance of a close encounter these magnificent creatures. The area is often dubbed the Serengeti of the South Pacific as it makes for an incredible photo-safari, but be sure you put the camera down sometimes and just be humbled in the presence of these graceful giants.