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Jul 10, 2006 - Matamata, Waitomo Caves, Wellington, Auckland

July 9, 2006 Right now I am sitting at a large rustic wooden table in our hostel in Kaikoura, New Zealand (East coast of the South Island). The trip is going marvelously. About the fourth day, right around the time we flew to New Zealand, I felt like a fog lifted off my brain and I was able to function normally again—thus was my release from the misery of jet lag. New Zealand is so gorgeous. Most of the northern North Island that we drove through is green green rolling hills and valleys, pastures and sheep and cows. On the 7th we picked...

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May 24, 2006 - Kaikoura - Samson og Sally

Hej igen. Saa er der nyt fra de syv verdenshave igen. Jo for vi var lige ud at sejle for en gangs skyld den anden dag ud for noget der hedder Kaikoura lidt nord for Christchurch hvor jeg igen befinder mig, og op fra havet kom en ordentlig faetter. En kaskelot hval. Som dem fra Moby Dick og Samson og Sally.... Det var ret sjovt at se. Vi saa to. Naar halen kommer op er det fordi de forsvinder ned i dybet og kan varer der i ca. 3 timer. De ligger i vandoverfladen og pruster i ca. 5 minutter hvorefter de forsvinder. En Kaskelot er ca 20 meter...

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Trip of Life

Mar 1, 2006 - Kaikoura - Hvaler og saeler

Kaikoura er beroemt for deres hvaler, der dukker op relativt taet ved kysten. Det ville vi selvfoelgelige ogsaa gerne se. Men de baade der sejler ud, tager ikke ikke boern under tre aar med. Samtidig var vejrudsigten for de kommenede dage, ikke lovende (der er ofte dage, hvor alle afgange aflyses). Saa vi besluttede, endnu engang, at proeve kraefter med en helikopter-tur. Og vi endte med at faa lavet en god deal og naede ikke mindst at se et par store "Sperm whales" - uden soesyge! Vi tog ogsaa autocamperen forbi et omraade med saeler. Vi...

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Jan 12, 2006 - Swimming with dolphins

Mark - After arriving in New Zealand following a 36 hour journey from Byron Bay (including arriving at Sydney coach/rail station at 1.00am where I had to wait four hours for the first train out to the airport) I got to Wellington and took a ferry across the spectacular Cook Straight to Picton on the South Island. After a couple of nights at Picton it was then down the east coast to Kaikoura. Kaikoura means "to eat crayfish" in Maori, although at $80NZ they're a bit out of my price range. The small town's offshore waters are replete with fur...

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Jul 14, 2005 - Kaikoura

Guess what.. rain again! So we "had to" go to the Kaikoura winery and do the wine tour, followed by tasting and cheese and biscuits. Then drove to one of the seal colonies on the coast and watched in the rain for probably only a few minutes! Then into town and to the Adelphi pub to play pool. Richard carried on his wine tasting experience throughout town.... especially at the Strawberry Tree pub where the landlady seemed to love Richard and his opinions on all her wines! A night in watching Austin Powers in the hostel... in a dorm but...

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Jun 12, 2005 - Swimming with Dolphins

We left our home in Palmerston after 6 months and flew down to Christchurch where we picked up the campervan (our home for the next 2 weeks) and then drove up the east coast to Kaikoura. After our first night in the campervan we hooked up with the Dolphin Encounter company to go swimming with dolphins. We were kitted up with full wetsuits (including hats and gloves) and took the boat 5 mins off shore to where a huge pod of dolphins were based. Despite the cold, which was relatively un-noticeable in our full wetsuits, it was an amazing...

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Apr 14, 2005 - Kaikoura

Our last day together - Ian and I became very close and had a good time together (he left NZ for Australia the next day). We decided to do something exciting that day and it sure was. We drove up to Kaikoura for swimming with dolphins (115$). A 20 minutes boatride away from Kaikoura in the open sea we encountered hundreds of wild dusky dolphins, jumped into the water (wet suits, masks and snorkels provided) and swam, interacted with the dolphins. Incredible how fast they swim, jump, play... One of my favourite books 'the dreaming dolphin'...

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Apr 7, 2005 - Defi n 2 : Nager avec des dauphins dans l ocean

Trop de chance, il a fait beau juste pour nous, pour notre heli hike... maintenant le temps est pourri... allez en route sur la Cote Est pour, peut etre, retrouver un peu de soleil et satisfaire nos electeurs qui ont vote 2!!!!! KAIKOURA: HOURA la ville des Dauphins et aussi des baleines, des phoques , des albatros... Dommage, nous n aurons pas de belles photos a vous montrer. On n a pas ete tres efficace avec notre petit appareil photo jetable! Mais, vous devez vous en douter, c etait un moment hallucinant! Il y a avait environ 250...

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Mar 19, 2005 - Dolphin Heaven

Yesterday we drove back to Kaikoura. We didn't think we were going to be able to swim with the dolphins because the weather wasn't great and we thought the sea was a bit rought but WE CAN!!!!!! It was soooo soooo soooo cool!!! There was 13 people on our boat and we got to swim with about 50 dolphins and they were everywhere, and I mean everywhere. They would come up so close, and then you would look them in the eye and swim around and around in a circle with them. I think they really liked playing with us because they just stayed and leaped...

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HOMELESS

Nov 7, 2004 - Christchurch (Waikari) to Kaikoura

DAYs 34 - 36. Mon 8th to Wed 10th Nov. Waikari to Kaikoura. Set off early to drive to Kaikoura, the home of Whale-Watching in NZ. The road was a delightful, secluded, minor route back to the main road about 50 kms away. Running through varied farming landscape, but always with the range of mountains to the west. (See photo) One aspect of the countryside that I had noticed from the air while coming in to land at Christchurch was the use of wind-break hedges. They are very similar to those on the Isles of Scilly, to protect the spring...

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Oct 20, 2004 - Kaikoura, South Island

Fantastic scenery as we arrived into Picton ni the South Island on the boat. Picked up new hire car and drove to Kaikoura (with a KFC lunch stop on the way). Saw lots of seals on the drive down near Kaikoura. JG More whale and dolphin watching INCREDIBLE day. AM took a boat out and found about 10 Sperm Whales during the morning, huge and very close to the boat. PM loads of Dusky Dolphins, very common in NZ, Tez swam with them and I took shed loads of photos of splashes in the sea (Dolphins were too quick), but did manage to get them on...

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