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Vacations in the South Island of New Zealand would not be complete without a stay in Kaikoura. With it's array of sightseeing and beautiful coastal beaches, you really will have nature at your doorstep, wherever you choose to stay. Few places in the world offer so many natural wonders in one place; whale watching, swimming with dolphins, seal colony visits, coastal walks complete with fine wineries & great local shopping all with a beautiful mountain backdrop and sea views.

Kaikoura is located on the eastern coast of New Zealand's South Island between Christchurch and Picton – so whether you are arriving via the ferry into Picton or plane into Christchurch, Kaikoura is just a couple of hours drive away. Arriving from the North or South into Kaikoura, you will be greeted with a rocky coastline, often scattered with sun bathing seals, snorkellers heads bobbing in the waves as they search for shellfish and fishing boats in the mid. Along your drive you will come across caravans selling fresh crayfish, which has been commonly used, a great opportunity to stop and take in the breathtaking views.

Setting up your camping vacation in Kaikoura is made easy with plenty of holiday park accommodations offering great locations to stay. Whether you are staying with your family or a group of friends, there are facilities to suit everyone. When camping in Kaikoura, you'll fall asleep at night and wake in the morning to the sound of waves crashing on a pebble stone beach, the palm tree leaves walking in the wind and an overall peaceful environment. Whether you choose to do a spot of fishing as soon as you wake, leave the campsite for a leisurely stroll along the beach or a spot of shopping is really up to you.

Camping in Kaikoura does not limit you to simply staying in a tent however, why not try renting an RV / campervan and staying at a powered site within a campground. Either way you will be presented with a great way to relax in an independent uninterrupted manner, not to mention accommodation that meets even the toughest of budgets!

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