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Nov 15, 2018 - Picton to Kaikoura

Kaikoura Thu 15th Nov. 14-22°C, Clear, hazy around the coast. Left Picton at 8:30am for a steady 2h30m drive to Kaikoura. Passing through Blenheim there are vineyards for kilometres, then the road twists through grassy hills and ravines until passing Lake Elterwater on the left. About 20km from here, you come around the bend to a very scenic stretch of road that hugs the coastline. Stopped for breakfast at 'The Store' Kekerengu, very pleasant large cafe with views of the beach. Good cabinet selection and reasonable prices for breakfast...

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Mar 8, 2018 - Christchurch to Kaikoura to Picton to Wellington: travel days

Thursday 8th March 2018: Christchurch to Kaikoura. We slept late, toasted crumpets and ate them with lemon curd. Very good. We watched the morning news and heard there was a 4.5 earthquake at 5:04 this morning a few kilometers south of Kaikoura. That is our destination today!!! We called the travel agent, who checked and assured us it was very small and the roads were fine. The hotel owner said if it was not a headline all over the internet, then itvwas ok. So at 8:45 we were on our way! We had a nice drive, filled with waiting for road...

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Feb 10, 2018 - Kaikoura

Long drive up to the Wairau Valley on Saturday 10th Feb. We stopped off at Kaikoura and as we have never seen a whale though we would try our luck with a helicopter flight over the Kaikoura Canyon seeking one. In fact, the way that they find the whales is actually well thought out. Once one is spotted, it is timed throughout the day. It dives for about 45-50 minutes and then comes to the surface to re-oxeginate for about 10 mins. So the helicopter pilots time the flights accordingly. We arrived bang on time as a large Sperm Whale...

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Nov 2, 2017 - Over the mountains to Kaikoura; Swimming with the dolphins

November 2, 2017- The road from Murchison to Kaikoura goes through some flatland, then goes over the mountains. So we had some flat driving, then it was hills and curves the rest of the way. This drive was also complicated by all the roadwork being done on the interior highway, which also suffered damage in the 2016 earthquake but not as much as the Picton to Kaikoura highway. We had to stop for road construction at least 15 times on the road to Kaikoura. We got pretty good at it. But I was pretty tired of driving back and forth, twisting...

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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 - 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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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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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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