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Whaling history Fyffe House

Painted in its original pink, Fyffe House is all that remains of the Kaikōura whaling industry. The town's oldest surviving building, it has changed little since the 1860s.

Built literally upon the foundations of whale vertebrae, Fyffe House provides a rare opportunity for visitors to feel the small-roomed confines of a whaler's cottage, touch whale bones and baleen, and even smell the fragrant aroma of whale oil.

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  • 2019: Te Tapu-ā-Nuku Award for Business & Innovation
  • 2018: Tourism Industry Aotearoa - He Kai Kei Aku Ringa Māori Tourism Award

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