Sarah and Denis Round the World travel blog

Say hello to dinner

Snow on the mountains behind Kaikoura

Sunrise the next morning

The closest we got to whale-watching (the whale-watching HQ at Kaikoura)

Looks fine to us but apparently is rough over the horizon

We arrived in Kaikoura an hour or so later, booked our whale-watching for the next morning and settled down to a tea of crayfish and kumara chips (local sweet potato). We then got down to our first experience of wild camping - finding a spot outside of town where we could park our campervan off the road for the night. We found a spot 10 km south of town next to another, older couple who were like-minded. They were very friendly and a bit odd. Having a cup of tea with them was a bit like entering the shop in the League of Gentleman. She had such wild staring eyes.

They didn't decide to chop us up, so we got up for the whale-watching. Needless to say it was cancelled due to bad weather over the horizon. Someone would make a fortune selling t-shirts saying "I nearly went whale-watching at Kaikoura" it seems. As we were up early we made the best of the day and drove further north, stopping for breakfast at a seal colony and then onwards to drink some wine. Still solid.

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