The name Kaikōura means 'meal of crayfish' (kai – food/meal, kōura – crayfish). This place is known for its abundant wildlife - the sperm whale, southern fur seals and dolphins! On this journey, I got to see a few fur seals from the bus lazing around on the rocks!
This beautiful town was struck by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake back in 2016 which caused unprecedented damages disrupting the coastal highway and railways between Picton and Christchurch. The state highway reopened on 15 December 2017 one year, one month and one day after the devastating earthquake. Work is continuing to be done to bring the road corridor back to its pre-earthquake conditions. As our bus passed by these curvy roads, the traffic was being managed as the curvy roads were equivalent to a single lane. Our bus driver kept checking to see if this highway was opened that day because he would have to take us via an alternate route. Fortunately it was open, and we made it on this route. To learn more about the Kaikoura earthquake recovery, you can visit: http://bit.ly/nztagovt