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Mar 22, 2007 - Day 190 - In SUNNY Kaikoura

The sun was shining all the way down the coast which made the Pacific Ocean look divine - you wouldn't want to jump in though as it would be COLD! Another quick stop at The Store of course - that carrot cake is ace, the view's pretty good too! We arrived in Kaikoura with time to lounge around on the beach before heading down to look at another seal colony (see a pattern emerging?!?!).

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Feb 26, 2007 - Kaikora

I was up at 6:50 for my first day aboard the stray bus. A bit of weighing up between the Strays and Kiwi Experience finally ended in the decision to go with Strays (from what I had heard Kiwi Experience is largely full of drunk 18 year olds, where as Strays was aimed a bit more at the 20's market). First stop was Kaikoura, the whale watching town, about a 4 hour drive up the coast from Chirstchurch. I was somewhat surprised to find that there were only 13 people on my bus, I had been lead to believe that the buses at this time of year were...

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Rich Goes Travelling

May 22, 2006 - Kaikouri... Whale watch

Hej hej allesammen... Ja, vi tog som sagt op til Kaikouri for at se paa hvaler... Det var ikk pengene vaerd, men men! Saadan gaar det nu engang imellem. Samson og Sally... saa vi hihi!!! kaskelothvaler kan blive op til 20 meter, kommer kun op til overfalden i lidt tid ogsaa til bunden i en time eller mere. Og vi fik lov og hoerer det manden optog i vandet og det loed som Dory i "Nemo", naar hun snakker hvalsprog... HAHA... dette var saa mads og mins sidste oplever sammen! Saa tog vi tilbage til Christcurch...

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Apr 13, 2006 - Up before the birds! - Are you surprised?

It rained during the night and we are both awake early so we decide to get a move on and try driving in the dark, in the rain in NZ!!! On the road at 5:20 a.m. No problem!!! Just slow!!! We had planned a fairly long day on the road to get across to the east side of the island. We're like jet setters - one night on the Tasman Sea, the next on the Pacific! Reefton is the first way point. We stop briefly to check out the map and see if it's a good idea to continue or not, i.e., if there are twists and turns ahead, Mary may pull rank and insist...

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Nov 23, 2005 - Kaikoura - Whale Watching

K: Our first stop in the South Island and I had only just recovered from a rather nauseating journey across the Cook Strait when we were back on a boat to go whale watching. Unfortunately, the company's usual boat was needed a repair that day and so we ended up in the much smaller back up boat on a rather choppy day! We were looking for Sperm whales, so called because when people first caught them and cut open their heads they found a white liquid that resembled semen, nice! Although what the whale does with 3.5 tonnes of it is another...

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Nov 14, 2005 - Whale-watching

Got up at the unearthly hour of 5.30 a.m. Checked out of hotel as we were to go whale watching in Kaikoura. With hindsight, we could have saved ourselves a lot of money by looking in the mirror, we've put that much weight on. However, these things have to be done. Met Jo at the "huge" railway station (one platform). We took the trans-coastal train (backpackers carriage - smaller windows) and arrived three hours later. When we got to Kaikoura we bumped into Malcolm and Mel, who were also going on the trip, small world! We were informed that...

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Di and Jaz On Tour

Oct 4, 2005 - New Zealand - Kaikoura

After a long long drive we reached Kaikoura. Kaikoura is a small village famous for its dolphin, whale and seal encounters. It has a lovely snow capped mountain background and a beach front. The dolphin encounter is popular so is best booked in advance so we had booked many days in advance. We had a look at the seal colony and then visited a sheep shearing display, where there were little lambs and a big old ram called ramman ! It was interesting enough and had to be done while we were in NZ. The next day we got up early to go and swim with...

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Oct 1, 2005 - Kaikoura

On Saturday morning we drove on to Kaikoura to find it heaving with people for an annual festival called Sea Fest but unfortunately the tickets were all sold out. It was nice to look around anyway and the town has definitely grown with many more bars and restaurants than when we were last here. Pete got an Indiana Jones style cowboy hat at a market. We also went back to visit the Kaikoura winery where we bought some very nice white wine last time and surprisingly bought a bottle of wine fortified cream with a lovely butterscotch taste, like...

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May 23, 2005 - Kaikoura, NEW ZEALAND

Kaikoura Kaikoura is not marked as a highlight in the lonely planet (despite being on the front cover!) however we were smart enough to follow other travellers recommendations and make our way to this beautiful little town on the east coast. What makes Kaikoura unique is it's massive underwater canyon just off the mainland which is rich in nutrients and due to its depth is home to a vast variety of marine life. Also not to forget the stunning backdrop of snow capped mountains. On our first day here we booked a whale-watching trip, which...

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Apr 17, 2005 - A Whale of a Time

We arrived in Kaikoura on 15th April. It is a seaside village mainly devoted to marine tourism. We are staying at a holiday park which is great for the kids. It has a play area, a bouncing pillow ( like a trampoline the size of a tennis court) you can guess who likes that - yes me! and a swimming pool ( although its a bit to cold to swim here without good reason. Our view is spectacular. Kaikoura is hemmed in by enormous snowcapped mountains which seem to climb straight up from the beach. On Saturday we dropped the kids off at a local baby...

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Feb 16, 2005 - Kaikoura

The crossing from Wellington to Picton on the south island was pleasant and scenic. Most of the crossing is spent travelling through the narrow channels of the Marlborough region to get to Picton. We arrived in Picton and decided to travel on that evening as we would be spending some time there on the way back up to the north island. So we headed south along the east coast road. Along the way we saw wild fur seals on the rocks just at the road side, something you don't tend to see in the U.K.! We pulled over and took a few pics and they...

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Nov 28, 2004 - Kaikoura and the dusky dolphins

Hey all, Well today I hopped on the bus early in the morning and start kissing my drivers ass and I was the first person on the list to swim with the dolphins!! So we arrived in Kaikoura around 12 and by 1 I was on a boat going out to the ocean to see the dolphins. It was so cool... Dusky dolphins are the smallest of the all the dolphins which also makes them the most acrobatic (I swear they are show offs!!) But the coolest part about them is that they travel in pods of 300-600 dolphins so they are everywhere you look. When you are in the...

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