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"Kaikoura?s Connection to the World" Top 5 Page for this destination Kaikoura Favorite Tip by Kakapo2

Kaikoura General: 19 reviews and 20 photos

  Rugged rocks and tunnels south of Kaikoura.
by Kakapo2

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At the time of whaling you must imagine Kaikoura somehow like an island on the mainland. Due to the rugged coastline at the proximity of the Kaikoura Ranges to the sea it was very difficult to reach the place on the landway. Many dangerous river crossings were involved.

So most connection with the outside world was by sea then. This was dangerous as well, many shipwrecks dotted the rough coastline. The port of entry was near Fyffe House at Point Kean.

This was only closed in 1949 when road construction and the railway line were finished. The railway line from Christchurch to Picton – now the TranzCoastal track – opened in 1945. The construction of the road was a major effort as well. Lots of bridges had to be constructed, and 21 tunnels were drilled.

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  • Written Aug 5, 2008
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