Kaikoura is a town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand, with an estimated population of 2080. At the end of last year, it got hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake which caused loss of life, destruction of property and made the tourist village inaccessible from the mainland.A town of tourismThe small village of Kaikoura lies at the well-known State Highway 1, 180 km north of Christchurch. Does the name of the last city sound familiar? That’s because this city suffered a terrible earthquake back in 2011. Kaikoura became the first local authority in the Southern Hemisphere to achieve recognition by the EarthCheck Community Standard, an organization which helps communities to deliver clean, safe, prosperous and healthy destinations for travelers to visit.Kaikoura is known for being among the best, and most developed whale watching locations in the world and has become a popular tourist destination. There is also a large and readily observed colony of southern fur seals at the eastern edge of the town. At low tide, the rocky base is visible and easily navigable by foot making it possible to go for a stroll as you have a view of the seal colony.