Kaikoura Peninsula is a finger of folded and fractured rock jutting out into the Pacific Ocean. According to Maori legend, it's the spot where Maui placed his foot to haul up the giant stingray that became the North Island. Just off southern shore is a deep submarine canyon providing ideal habitat for dozens of marine species, including whales, dolphins and fur seals.
A loop walk around the peninsula, via the seal colony at the eastern tip, takes around 3 hours to complete, with stunning views out to sea, and back towards the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.
Pick up a map from the I-Site in town, and avoid causing distress to seals by getting too close to them.