Tourists travelling around New Zealand mostly seem only to make a brief stop in Kaikoura, particularly for a little burst of whale watching or other maritime excursions.
However it is well worth taking the time to have a wander around, as there are some fabulous views to be had even from the apparently unlikely itinerary which I took of heading to a new housing estate followed by a visit to the septic tank.
But of course, this is New Zealand. So a new housing estate gives views such as this:
And the septic tank gives views such as this: