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Mar 29, 2016 - Kaikoura

After a couple of nights at Hanmer Springs- mainly spent at the spa and pools (they had good slides too) we are now in Kaikoura. It is our last night on the South Island (sadly) and we have spent the day on a whale watching trip. We saw a sperm whale briefly after a fairly hair raising 40 mins out to sea! Theo went a weird colour but we all remained in one piece. On the way back we found an enormous pod of Dusky Dolphins. They completely surrounded our boat and leapt, flipped, soared and rocketed around us. It was brilliant. We also saw...

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Our Year Out

Feb 23, 2016 - Kaikoura

Sun 21st Feb - a day out in the van going north to Collingwood. We stopped at a nice beach on the way up and then carried onto the town. Its main claim to fame appears to be that it burnt to the ground about four times in its history! Same road back to the site. 284km today. Tues 23rd Feb - after a day of doing nothing yesterday we set off for the coast at Kaikoura. Good roads made it an easy journey and after a quick lunch at s picnic site en route we booked into the Top Ten Holiday Park for three nights. We have booked a whale watching...

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Dec 11, 2015 - Slow day - traveled to Blenheim

No photos today since my camera shut down awaiting a recharge. We didn't leave Kaikoura until almost 12:45 since we were able to get Seth a dr. appt in the morning to get antibiotics for a respiratory infection. The doctor he saw was from Idaho! Drove 2 hours on highway 1 - beautiful coastal highway for the first 45 minutes, then sheep for awhile, then we hit the Marlborough District -- the wine/vineyard growers of the south island. Mile after mile of vineyards and signs for numerous wineries along the way. Blenheim, our destination for...

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Dec 10, 2015 - Beautiful vistas and views from the cliff walk

Yesterday we saw the seals up close because the tide was fully in and they were up on the beach. Today, we took a walk up the cliff path overlooking the coastline at the peninsula where the seal colony and bird rookeries are located. Some of the photos in today's entry are taken from view points on the upper cliff walk. The tide was way out and the seals had retreated to the farthest rock areas. The birds were out in full force on the land exposed by the low tide. We walked about a half hour on the upper cliffs then took a path that led...

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Dec 8, 2015 - Road trip to Kaikoura - Seal Heaven

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...

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Dec 8, 2015 - Seal Colony on Kaikoura, New Zealand

A 2.5 hour drive north from Timaru on highway 72 is a pleasant rural way to get to Christchurch. We changed cars from our old clunker to the repositioning car that is a dollar a day! We have it for four days as we drive toward Picton to turn it in. A windy, pretty forest/mountain road from Christchurch took us 3 hours to get to Kaikoura - a town on the coast that is famous for its seal colony and whale watching. Except for the temperature (cold and windy this afternoon), you would think you were in Hawaii with the volcanic rock beaches and...

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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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2015 New Zealand

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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