The Insider's Guide to New Zealand



Kaikoura Museum is difficult to miss.

Its exterior looks like a giant crayfishin­g pot but, thanks to its award-winning reputation, the building doesn't require bait to beckon visitors inside. The museum presents its history in many layers, from natural history to toanga Māori, through donated collectibl­es, interactiv­e displays and preserved specimens. It brims with informatio­n and tangible reminders of the past, with displays on the walls and even adorning the ceiling. Surprises come in many forms — take, for example, the countless jars of preserved deep-water specimens and the restored cabin (from 1886) of the now-sunk Taiaroa steamer. Don't miss the long-term exhibition New Normal, a compelling reflection of how the recent earthquake impacted Kaikōura's people and land, both physically and physiologi­cally. 96 West End, Kaikōura. (03) 319 7440,

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