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Nov 23, 2015 - Day 2 - Christchurch to Kaikoura

Go to The Whaleway Station, Whaleway Road Kaikoura, 7340 See baby Fur Seals at "Ohau Stream Walkway and Waterfall." 100m from carpark. Kaikoura Peninsulr Walkway. Keat Point. See Fur Seal Colony, red billed seagulls. 3-4 hrs loop track. Park/starts/ends at Fyffe Quay Carpark

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Oct 30, 2015 - Kaikoura

Back to driving on the 'wrong' side, no, I mean on the left side, vs. the right. Something like that. Very nice drive thru the countryside south of Picton down to about half way to Kaikoura. Then the road, Route 1, is right on the coast. At times at sea level, and at others 100's of feet above. Gorgeous route. Pulled over more than once to enjoy the view; so as NOT to worry about driving INTO the view ! At sea level, we'd get out and walk to the beach and/or view the seals, penguins, birds up close. Around one corner, with the ocean 100' to...

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May 12, 2015 - Day 20 Kaikoura

Hosing with rain this morning and quite cold so thought Hanmer must've been having an alpine moment and it was time to hit the coast. So off I set for Kaikoura, traveling the inland route. Somewhere along the line I must've got a bit lost, traveling along very empty rural roads thru hilly farm country; only realised it was the wrong road when I hit SH1 about 50km early! Oh well never mind, it was a very pretty drive anyway! Kaikoura has certainly changed since I last saw it 34 years ago, a very busy little place, again with lots of...

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May 16, 2014 - Whale Watching

Day 8 Distance: 0 Total: 1395 Campground: Kaikoura Top 10 We had a late sleep today. After breakfast and morning essentials, we prepared for our whale watching trip. Taking a short cut through the fence it was only about 200m to Whale Watch Kaikoura. We were early so we had the opportunity to enjoy the beach view of the area, take a few pictures, and have another coffee before the briefing. After an intro briefing on the trip and a short safety briefing we boarded the bus for about an 8 minute bus ride to the harbor where we boarded the...

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RV Down Under

Mar 20, 2014 - Kaikoura

This morning we went on a whale watch! This area has a population of male sperm whales year round. The “continental shelf” (?) drops off pretty close to the coast here and sperm whales need deep water. Apparently there is a good food supply for them here, but it is too cold for the females, who have less blubber. Anyway, that is what we were told. The whales are spread far apart, too, and come up for air for about 10 minutes, then dive for 40-50 minutes. This makes them a little hard to watch. Fortunately, with modern technology...

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Mar 19, 2014 - Motoeka to Kaikoura

This morning we left Motueka and headed for Kaikoura, about 4 hours drive. We stopped in Pelorus Bridge. Sound familiar? I think it was in the Hobbit. Anyway, I think it had the name before the Hobbit was written. At the café there we had a couple of pies (wild pork/kumara/apple & chicken/camembert). They were good, but a little different than what we had in Tasmania. Then we walked a trail, the Totara Track, which had a large totara tree on it (surprise!). We also walked down to the Pelorus River and watched it for a little bit. Nice...

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Feb 12, 2014 - Whales!

Kaikoura A partially cloudy morning, we returned to Hanmer Springs to have a look around, quick email,check at the library and the off back down the road to Highway 7. A pretty drive as the road twisted and turned around the hills and the Hanmer River. We joined highway 7 and drove south until highway 70, part of the Alpine Pacific Triangle Tourist Route, heading for Kaikoura. The countryside changed dramatically as we made our way along, from open farmland to dry open moorland, to small river gorges, more farmland, but the whole region was...

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off we go!

Jan 5, 2014 - kaikoura

Kia ora Our journey started in wellington with a very wet morning We left the hotel to catch the 8o'clock ferry for the south island. We said good bye to our friends thanking them for the hospitality and everything they have done for is. The ferry crossed the cook strait on a sea quite rough and it continued into the bay of picton with the sun shining! The wiew showed the coast line wild and beautiful. In picton a tranz scenic pacific costal train was waiting to bring is to kaikoura. The train crossed malbouroug valley with his wineyard...

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Dec 26, 2013 - Christchurch - Kaikoura

Heute sollte nur eine kurze 2 1/2 stündige Fahrt auf dem Programm stehen. So waren wir bereits kurz nach 11 in Kaikoura und hatten den ganzen Nachmittag zur Erkundung der Umgebung zur Verfügung. Ich hatte eine Delfin-Tour gebucht. Leider konnte ich nicht mitschwimmen, da der Knöchel noch zu geschwollen und zu sehr weh tat. So genoss ich die Fahrt mit dem Boot und sah den Delfinen beim Schwimmen und Springen vom Boot aus zu. Leider war die See an dem nachmittag etwas stürmig, so dass einige auch die Fische fütterten. Die Schwimmer sprangen...

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Nov 30, 2013 - Chumming for Albatross and other pelagics

At 9am we took the Albatross Encounter, which is the same company that runs the Dolphin Encounter. Our boat captain/guide, Gary motored us out to the continental shelf and there we just cut the engine and tossed out a cage filled with fish livers. The birds were on this immediately. We had several Northern Giant Petrels, five Cape Petrels, several Westland Petrels and four different species of Albatross. The albatross included a Royal, the largest albatross (in weight) and many Wandering Albatross which have the largest wingspan of any...

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Nov 29, 2013 - Oh, what a difference a day makes.....OR....... dozens of "duskys"

We awoke this morning to beautiful blue skies and a view of the mountains right out of our window. We knew this was going to be a very good day! The Dolphin Encounter was the big activity of the day. This was to be a boat ride to find the Dusky Dolphin pod first, then get into the water (with full wet suits, snorkels and fins) and swim around with these wild dolphins who seem to like to play. Upon checking in and finding out the seas had moderate to heavy swells, I (Marilyn) opted to be a watcher rather than a watchee. I stayed nice and dry...

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Nov 28, 2013 - Happy Thanksgiving Day in the US!

This was not to be the day for photos that would grace a travel brochure. The morning weather in Wellington started very windy and rainy, and except for a few moments of lighter rain, it continued being just plain stormy all day. All went well with driving Wellington early rush hour on its impossibly narrow streets, and it turned out to be quite simple to return the rental car. The only slight glitch was that the ferry to the South Island of NZ was now a 9:00 am ferry, not an 8:15 ferry. Gee, we could have slept later than 6 am. The actual...

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