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Apr 19, 2007 - Kaikoura

By travelling where and when we have, we managed to wangle ourselves a 10 month summer this year causing D to look as though he has the legs and arms of Ronaldo and the body of Wayne Rooney! So it was quite a shock to the system when we arrived in an autumnal New Zealand. Upon our return to the South Island we could already notice the onset of winter. The mountain peaks had been dusted with snow, the fields harvested and the vineyards covered with netting to protect them from the morning frost. Other than sheep the majority of the landscape...

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Feb 11, 2007 - Day 71 - Christchurch to Kaikoura

The rugby last night was great (if a little chilly) - the Crusaders beat the Queensland Reds 33-22 so there was a very happy home crowd. It's quite a venue, the Jade Stadium. It has an inflatable crusader knight outside it and even has a replica castle entrance inside the stadium on one corner. During the pre-match warm up there were lots of audience competitions. Then the real razzamatazz began when a black crusader night came riding out of the castle gate and round the stadium to the strains of Carmina Burana. He was then followed by...

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Nov 22, 2006 - Kaikoura, New Zealand

We had purposely planned our route in a clockwise direction so that we would leave one of our most eagerly awaited activities until last - swimming with the dolphins! Other travellers had advised us to go early in the morning and that meant getting up at 4.30am! To make sure we weren't late, we parked the campervan in the Dolphin Encounter carpark and spent the night there! The weather for the trip was just perfect. There wasn't a breath of wind and the sea was calm - perfect for finding dolphins! The trip started at 5.30am and by 6.15am...

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Jul 20, 2006 - Kaikoura (04-05/06/06)

Après avoir retraversé les Alpes néo-zélandaises pour repasser sur la côte est de l'île du Sud, nous voici à Kaikoura, autre péninsule avançant dans l'Océan Pacifique. L'originalité du site de Kaikoura est le fait qu'un canyon sous-marin débouche juste devant la côte, ce qui crée des courants faisant remonter des éléments nutritifs tels que le zoo- et le phytoplancton. Et alors? C'est ce phénomène qui attire les baleines et en particulier des cachalots près des côtes, facilitant leur observation. C'est ce que nous avons fait en embarquant...

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May 28, 2006 - A Whale of a time

We're keen to go whale-watching and Kaikoura is the place to go. Being about an hour's drive south of there when we ended for the day yesterday, we get up early and head off about 7am. There's a boat leaving at 10am - they hadn't been able to go out for 2 days before because of the bad weather and hadn't spotted a whale for a week. We have to cross our fingers then and hope for the best. The Whale Watch boat is a suped up catamaran with special viewing decks and a sophisticated video presentation. They give us lots of information as we are...

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Apr 13, 2006 - Fantabulous Amazing Kaikoura - Blenheim

The rain stopped and this became our PERFECT day with for the first time ever literally everything falling into place. We checked out of the park early and as we drove towards Dolphin Encounter the sun came out and the sea became a mill pond. We were on the 8.30am Dolphin Enounter trip and got fully kitted out with wet suits and snorkels while being briefed on the best ways to interact with the wild dusky dolphins when at sea. Our boat left at 0900am complete with fab pome crew and our journey time to the dolphins was around 25minutes. To...

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Mar 14, 2006 - Whales

Left Christchurch early Tuesday morning - having just run a mercy mission to take a young Belgian couple into Christchurch to catch a bus. We were in the same dorm and I could hear a muted argument going on and then a lot of scrabbling about - it was about 7.30am. I'd just woken too wanting to get an early start so I got up too. The young belgian guy who I'd been talking to the night before said "You have a van?", "yes" I say, "We have overslept and need to get our bus in 15mins. Please could you drive us to the bus station", "Of course" I...

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Oi you! Ugly

Mar 6, 2006 - Kaikoura and the sperm whales

Kaikoura is a beautiful little town surrounded by snow capped mountians. We had a whale tour booked for the day we arrived in Kaikoura but due to high winds and rough seas, it was cancelled. The next available tour was the next morning at 6:15 am! We figured the seas are usally calmer in the morning, so got up early and waited for the boat to leave. The shores off Kaikoura are really unique and enable the sperm whales to feed close to shore. There is basically an under-water shelf ( continental shelf) that changed the depth from around 80...

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Feb 3, 2006 - Kaikoura

After leaving Picton we headed further south with our next destination being Kaikoura. On the way it was easy to see how the two islands differed. With less people and the towns being more spread out. In a country of 4 million people they say a third lives in Auckland. We passed thru a military proving ground and found ourselves wondering why NZ has a military in the first place, I guess you just never know when Australia might attack! So arriving at the town of Kaikoura we checked in at the Dusky Lodge where it took me all of about 30...

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Nov 7, 2005 - Kaikoura

Left Motor Lodge and headed down to catch the ferry only to be told that the ferry was running 1hr 30mins late due to the weather (Rae got nervous). We were so lucky when the boat left at 3.30pm the skies were blue and the wind had stopped, so we left a windy and cloudy Wellington and headed to a hot and Sunny Picton on the South Island. The view was amazing right through the Cook straight into the Marlborough Sound, Mountains on both sides with lovely sandy bays. When we got off the boat we decided to do the 2hr drive straight down to...

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Apr 19, 2005 - Kaikoura

Finally I'm actually addressing you in real time! Set off for South Island early on Tuesday morning and met Jenny and Andrew in Kaikoura. Went for a Clifftop walk and back round the coast, had to walk carefully past loads of fur seals. Then we went swimming with dolphins and Whale watching yesterday - so a pretty busy day! Apparently one of the best places in the world for seeing Sea Life. Also saw some pretty cool birdlife, including a few wandering albatrosses.

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Mar 23, 2005 - Christchurch to Kaikoura

Set out this morning to visit the sea life capital of the South Island, Kaikoura (which literally means "eat crayfish"). The area is renowned for the marine mammals that frequent its waters, including dolphins, whales, and seals. We arrived in town to find a surprisingly spread-out town compared to some other places we'd been. We stayed at the YHA at the far south end of town and had to hike about 30 minutes (2 miles) to reach the offices of our whale watching cruise. After a little wait, we were loaded onto buses for the 10 minute drive to...

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