We’ve had a long couple of travel days that were broken up by some sweet sites as we make our way down the coast on the South Island, our first short stop was at Oahu Point to see some smelly seals! There were over a hundred seals just hanging out below us, frolicking in the waves and mini pools, fighting, playing and generally just looking like a big ol family. They kind of smelled, but hey what do you expect from some animals that hang out eating fish all day? After we had our fill of snapping pics of the seals, our next stop was Kaikoura, a small town overshadowed by huge rocky snowy mountains and a pebble beach. We had a couple of hours to kill in this lil place, so we shopped and looked around and ate a delicious lunch of Thai food (very authentic NZ, I know). There were opportunities for some people to go whale watching and dolphin watching, but most of us opted to take a hike along the peninsular walk to spot some more seals and wildlife along the way. it was a great way to stretch our legs, and there were definitely some hilarious moments as it had rained and the slippery paths made for some spectacular falls as well! After lunch we entertained each other with funny videos on the bus (cat massage, anyone? a little prancercise, perhaps?), getting into Christchurch early that evening. it’s kind of frustrating that I would be there three times over the next week and a half, without really getting to see any of the city. Boo 😦 We stayed in a hotel in the suburbs, the city was shook by a devastating earthquake in 2011 and the downtown has yet to be fully rebuilt. Our place was very cosy, and the beds were luxurious, perfect for a long lovely sleep!
- Kaikoura (breckpappas.wordpress.com)
- The Kiwi Experience – Christchurch to Kaikoura – Sunday 29th September (ljtandjmc.wordpress.com)
- Crayfish, this is what Kaikoura is famous for! (cashfordsmith.wordpress.com)