Reaka-Richards Adventures travel blog

Lush rain forests - a little blurry because it taken from the...

Pastures and wineries abound

Green mountains - view from our hotel

One of the many seal colonies

Baby Seal meets seagull

It took us about 3.5 hours to drive down to Kaikoura and we were amazed by how much the scenery changed in that short period of time. We went from lush rain forests, to wine country that (to us anyway) looked very similar to Napa with its rows upon rows of grape vines surrounded by brown grassy hills, rolling hills with sheep (not as many cattle as we saw on the North Island) and then sharp mountains dropping to the Pacific Ocean. Kaikoura is known for a large sperm whale population not far off the coast so many folks come here for those whale/dolphin watching excursion. Also in Kaikoura is a place where Paua shells are collected and made into some very lovely jewelry. We arrived early enough in the afternoon to enjoy a long hike along the tops of the cliffs overlooking the Pacific and colonies of thousands of seals. Our hotel room had a nice view of the ocean and a hot tub - which we hung out in to ease our sore hiking/kayaking muscles.

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