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Marine Life at Kaikōura - Roadside Stories

Marine Life at Kaikōura - Roadside Stories



A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the marine wildlife and seafood at Kaikoura. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

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.

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 are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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