PHOTOS: Coasting it in Kaikoura with Mike Yardley

It’s the terrain, the seascape and the topography that sets Kaikōura apart. Those towering mountains rearing up imperiously from the rock-strewn coastline and juxtaposed by the Pacific Ocean serve up a knock-out setting.

Few places in the world have such mighty mountains so close to the sea. And what really underscores the extreme drama that nature has wrought, is the fact that just offshore the Kaikōura Canyon plunges to a depth of twelve hundred metres. It’s those deep sea trenches of the Continental Shelf that give rise to the world-beating marine wildlife experiences you can encounter.

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