The small local town used to be a whaling center thanks to those currents, but now has been turned into a whale watching one, especially for sperm whales. Kaikoura is also an excellent place to watch sea birds, which are abundant thanks again to those fertile ocean currents.
A one-day boat expedition offshore in Kaikoura, South Island, allowed for the observation of seabirds that can’t be seen on land, for example the Wandering Albatross and the Southern Giant Petrel. The boat skipper brings fish livers in a sturdy cylinder grid for the birds. The birds know full well that this coming boat means food, and they follow the boat along the way. And while the birds feast on the food, tourists happily snap pictures and shoot videos.