FACTOID # 21: 15% of Army recruits from South Dakota are Native American, which is roughly the same percentage for female Army recruits in the state.
 Home   Encyclopedia   Statistics   States A-Z   Flags   Maps   FAQ   About 


FACTS & STATISTICS    Advanced view

Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:



(* = Graphable)



Encyclopedia > Kaikoura (district), New Zealand
A view of the bay in Kaikoura showing the mountains.
Town of Kaikoura as seen from the peninsula. (c) Roderick Eime

Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 1 180 km north of Christchurch.

According to the 2001 census, the permanent resident population is 2,104, a 5% decrease since the 1996 census.

The Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the sea south of the town, and the resulting upwelling currents bring an abundance of marine life from the depths of the nearby Hikurangi Trench. The town owes its origin to this effect, since it developed as a centre for the whaling industry. The name 'Kaikoura' means 'The cooking place of crayfish', and the crayfish industry is a major contributor to the economy of the region. However Kaikoura has now become a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the Sperm Whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and swimming with or near dolphins. There is also a large and readily observed colony of Southern Fur Seals at the edge of the town.

It is also one of the best reasonably accessible places in the world to see open ocean seabirds such as albatrosses.

The town has a strikingly beautiful setting, as the Kaikoura mountains, a branch of the Southern Alps come nearly to the sea at this point on the coast.

External Links

  • "Where Mountains Meet The Sea" (http://members.ozemail.com.au/~rodeime/kaikoura/) by Roderick Eime

  Results from FactBites:
Canterbury, New Zealand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (765 words)
The New Zealand region of Canterbury is mainly composed of the Canterbury Plains and the surrounding mountains.
Kaikoura was too small to function as an independent unitary authority and was moved under the jurisdiction of the Canterbury Regional Council.
On the east coast the province was bounded by the Hurunui River in the north and the Waitaki River in the south.
Rodney District - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (368 words)
The Rodney District of New Zealand is the northernmost area in New Zealand's Auckland region, created in 1989 from the amalgamation of Helensville Borough and Rodney County.
The seat of the district council is at Orewa, and the district includes Kawau Island to the north.
Towns in the south of the district are becoming dormitory districts for Auckland, which is now accessible largely by motorway, although they retain their origins and character as holiday resorts.
  More results at FactBites »



Share your thoughts, questions and commentary here
Your name
Your comments

Want to know more?
Search encyclopedia, statistics and forums:


Press Releases |  Feeds | Contact
The Wikipedia article included on this page is licensed under the GFDL.
Images may be subject to relevant owners' copyright.
All other elements are (c) copyright NationMaster.com 2003-5. All Rights Reserved.
Usage implies agreement with terms, 1022, m