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Feb 1, 2015 - South Island East Coast

These photos give you a little taste of the impressive architecture from the 1880's that exists on the East coast of the South Island. The town of Oamaru is just south of Christchurch; here's wishing we had more time to stay there. These types of structures used to exist throughout Christchurch before the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes. Amazing, huh? Kaikora, north of Christchurch, is also well-known for the marine life that exists just off the coast; many people take boat trips to see whales, sea lions, and even swim with the dolphins!...

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Feb 10, 2014 - Dunedin to Stewart Island

we travelled today from Dunedin to Stewart Island . This involved a 3 1/2 hour drive then an hour on a catamaran ferry. just in time for a lunch time birding bonanza on Ulva Island. Took around with a real expert who comes to Rutland water every year for a birding travel exhibition. She is named Ulva and has lived here most of her life. This has been the best nature experience so far. Most people on it had been here before and were experts but they were very helpful supper at the local pub, lovely fish many people who live in NZ have not...

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Feb 9, 2014 - Dunedin

Staying in the most lovely lodge. Good boat trip to see albatross. Saw a shark albatross Northern royal shags cormorants terns shagd eating a flounder seal eating a big fish northern giant petrel Visit to penguin reserve for the yellow eyed of which there are only 3000 in NZ They are solitary and only live in their own pairs but must not see any others. The plan is to reinstate the rain forest in the area so more of them can live Ina small area. Mow they have little shelters built for them so they can not see each other. We saw a young...

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Feb 7, 2014 - Dunedin

We came on a lovely flight from Christchurch to Dunedin which has all the Edinburgh names though does not quite look like it. Not all like it but we are off to have dinner in Portobello and therer is a leith too. we are staying on the octavo peninsula and hope to see penguins tomorrow. There was a festival on today and someone looked just like richard juggling so I took a photo. Only family will get this I!my afraid we are staying near the only castle in NZ Weather quite cool and overcast. Called at a garden of Scottish style but different...

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Feb 6, 2014 - Christchurch

Not much to report today. The damage is shocking from 4 earthquakes in less than a year and the worst in February 2011 which only lasted a short time. Went to a nice reserve and managed to see a kiwi the cheating way as they have a dark area but no photo allowed. Glad to move on tomorrow. Weather quite cool for a few days so glad we have the jumpers and anoraks

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Feb 5, 2014 - Whale trip

Whale watching was quite an experience as the sea was ROUGH Silly men had not taken a tablet unlike most of the women so they were ill We did see 2 sperm whales very briefly as they went down but no pictures from me. Too busy hanging onto the rail It was the last trip of the day as the rest were cancelled so were lucky We did see dusky dolphins on the way back and seals Moving on again tomorrow to Christchurch

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Feb 27, 2010 - Blenheim to Kaikora

Tuesday 23rd Feb Plan today was to go to Kaikora for a whale watching trip! Steve was not looking forward to it particularly as he doesn’t do boats that well unless he is in charge or got something to do. Anyway he had seasick pills to take as needed. Before we left we had been recommended to pay a visit to the Omaka Aviation museum which is about 1st world war, so off we went. It was great, very interesting and some amazing stories attached to some of exhibits on show which really brought it home to you how incredibly young most of these...

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May 10, 2008 - Kaikora - Swimming with dolphins.

Headed from Christchurch Kaikora with a new driver, Baggins. Spitting image of the character from the Lord of the Rings hence the nickname. We had got ourselves booked up on the afternoon boat for swimming with the dolphins. As the water was going to be cold we got the full head-to-toe wetsuit. When we finally headed out to sea it wasn't long before the dolphins were sighted. It was estimated that there were 800 to 1000 dolphins in the area. No idea if that was right but certainly the sea was full of dolphins in every direction. A...

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