Back down to the coast at Kaikoura, we pull up for a break at a beach outside the town and are rewarded with a massive display of acrobatics by a pod of Dusky Dolphins offshore in the bay. We retrace our previous steps to Blenheim and then on to Picton.
The town is dominated by the ferry terminal but is located in beautiful Marlborough Sound with its many bays and inlets. We take a guided cruise around the Sound and a walk on a protected island called Motuara which has been cleared of predators and is used to breed threatened native species of birds and amphibians - including kiwis and blue penguins. We also see seals and Hector's Dolphins in the Sound - unique to New Zealand and the smallest dolphins in the world.