Honeymoon (pt 2): EVERYONE needs to go to Kaikoura.

Posted on 12.05.2017

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Kaikoura was one of the places we were most excited to visit. It’s the place on the South Island that’s known for its whale-watching tours and beautiful beaches and views. That’s the main thing, at least.

the tectonic rise

In 2016, it became known for how much damage had occurred there due to the most recent earthquake: the roads were damaged, boats were lost, and the sea floor rose as much as 7 meters in some spots.

Kaikoura is known for its whale watching tours, diving spots and general seaside nature. And now the road south from Blenheim was (maybe still is) closed due to collapsing in some areas, and the alternate route is about 400km longer than the original one. Oh, and it’s windy and although it goes through some GORGEOUS inland areas, it’s probably not set up for tour buses and the like.

The road heading north from Christchurch was ok, but closed after dark, due to the damage and rock falls that could occur.

Kaikoura depends on tourism throughout the season, and when we got there in the height of summer, it was almost a ghost town. The Whale Watching tours were cut by 75% due to the seafloor rise and difficulty getting in and out of port. Tour groups were canceling left and right. And the city is suffering when they should be rebuilding.

So if you or anyone you know are planning a trip to the South Island in the near future, please (tell them to) make sure to go to Kaikoura, even if the tours are all booked out. On that note, make sure to book that tour like 6 months in advance… The city needs the support in order to rebuild and get back to what they used to be. Go, hang out, eat the world’s best pizza, and buy all of your souvenirs there. Do what you can to help them out.

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