James and Karen's Big Trip travel blog

So after chilling out at Lochmara we decided to give whale whatching in Kaikoura another go, but quelle surprise the weather had other ideas and we ended up spending our 2nd night in Kaikoura in the pouring rain, it seems that it wasn't meant to be this time round, guess we'll just have to go for 3rd time lucky next time we come to NZ.

Undaunted we pushed on down the coast to try our luck at swimming with the dolphins in the beautiful Akaroa.....guess what, more storms! and no chance of swimming with the little fella's, oh well maybe in Oz. Still it wouldn't have been fun if we'd spent our last night in NZ under canvas and it wasn't chucking it down with rain....

Off to Christchurch then for a proper bed and a chance to regroup before heading onto hopefully sunny Australia.

We spent a very nice couple of days in Christchurch chilling out buying those last minute essential NZ purchases. We also met up with Ben and Natacha who had shared a storm with us in Te Anua and went to a rather fab restaurant called Dux de Lux which serves aquatarian cuisine (that's fish n veg) so perfect for us!

NZ was great if a little wet, well a lot wet, but we left in beautiful sunshine with nothing but happy memories!

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