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Jan 12, 2007 - Kaikoura

A very quiet seaside town on the East coast of South Island. Apparently an ideal place to go swimming with dolphins. Oh go on then. The boat took us to an area about 40 minutes off the Pacific coast where a pod of around 60-80 dusky dolphins had been sighted earlier in the day. These are totally wild dolphins, so the success of the trip is dependent on their willingness to come over and play. So at a depth of about 300 metres and the sea temperature at 12 degrees we jumped off the back of the boat and swam around with snorkeling gear making...

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Aug 5, 2006 - Kaikoura

On Saturday I left Christchurch for the last time, starting my journey north to Auckland. Having become so familiar with the South Island I felt I was heading into the unknown, but I didn't dwell on it as I was really pushing on in an effort to catch up with Mark. It was my first day on the Kiwi bus and as it was I bumped into another really good crowd. First stop was Kaikoura where we stayed at a lovely little hostel overlooking the sea. (It was a lovely hostel, except in the morning when I discovered a massive spider (hard legs and...

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Claire's Big Trip!

Sep 16, 2005 - Kaikura : nager avec les dauphins ! une experience incroyable !!!

Nous quittons donc les parents d'Emma mercredi dans la matinee, plusieurs heures de route nous attendent pour aller jusqu'a Kaikura, une ville sur la cote ou il est parait-il frequent de voir dauphins, baleines et meme orques. Nous avions croise une anglaise, a Abel Tasman, qui nous avait raconte qu'elle avait nage avec des dauphins et qu'elle avait adore ca. Nous voulions donc absolument le faire, nous aussi ! Timing serre cependant, puisque nous avions reserve le ferry pour le vendredi soir. Le titre de mon message ne laisse aucun...

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Mar 4, 2005 - Kaikura

3 hours drive this morning and we are in Kaikura, famous for its possibilities to swim with the dolphins or see the whales all year round. We had booked a 3 hours whales watching cruise this afternoon but it was cancelled because the sea was too rough. The weather is very nice though, fresh but sunny. We'll try again tomorrow 8.15 AM and if not head straight to Hanmer Springs where we'll spend 2 nights before going to the west coast. We are staying in an old convent, a very nice and peaceful place. Yesterday we stayed at a Bed&Breakfast...

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Jan 5, 2005 - Onwards to Kaikoura

We woke in Arthurs Pass with the rain still beating down on our little van, after our "wild campers" breakfast we headed off to Kaikoura on the east coast in search of Sperm whales. As we travelled through the pass we caught a glimpse of a blue sky which opened up before us into a wonderful sunny day bringing the amazing Arthurs Pass scenery to life. We travelled through the small towns of Oxford and Sheffield, eventually finding ourselves taking a pit stop at a beautiful sandy beach half-way to Kaikoura. The romantic stroll along the beach...

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Oct 8, 2004 - Kaikoura

Kia Ora folks! Yup, I'm back, but only just!! I went whale watching yesterday as soon as we reached Kaikoura (which is near the top of the south island) It was amazing, but I think that I lost my stomach somewhere between the shore and the sky!! The sea was ROUGH!! They said that they had a southerly roll. It was more than a flaming roll, after you've been flying over waves at high speed then crashing down onto them!! Anyhoo, the bonus was that I got to see 3 sperm whales, one whole pod of dolphins, fur seals, and endangered bird life. It...

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