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... over the place very quickly but we had to hold on! Once the briefing was over and we were out of the harbour the captain opened the throttle and we zoomed off out to sea. In terms of our chances of seeing any whales, they reckoned on a 98% success rate and on this particular day average sightings were one to two whales. We hadn't been going that long when the first was spotted. We corrected course to bring us within viewing distance and then all headed ...
... watching trip available but was a bit expensive & it's a bit cold for that craic. Instead we walked around the area and found a seal colony, there wer soo many and one of them kept growling and getting angry at us but the little baby ones wer the cutest. We took a walk up the cliffs that look onto the surrounding coast, covered in seals, but walking up there felt like somewhere in ireland, until you ...
... it was unbelievable!
Whilst in Kaikoura we also spent an afternoon sea kayaking, as our lonely planet guide had recommended this as a "top pick" in the area. It was fun but actually really hard work - sea kayaking can actually be a bit scary because you're out on the open waters in the waves and wind, and paddling against the wind is a bit like ...
... inches of us humans. At the waterfall there were probably 30 or 40 seal pups all gathered, swimming, and playing in the pool. It was surreal! It was getting dark and we had a lot of fish to cook up, so we headed back into town. We checked into a Holiday Park, took a quick turn in their hot tub, and then got to work. I was in charge of preparing the fish tonight. I didn't have a recipe, so I whipped up my own concoction for getting these fish fillets ready to eat. ...
... for tomorrow morning and will keep our fingers crossed.
Not quite as exciting as finding whales but we drove north for a couple of hours to the town of Blenheim. The coastal route was yet another road snaking along just next to the sea for most of the way and with snow topped mountain scenery looking inland. A few miles before Blenheim we went through the Marlborough wine region with huge vineyards lining both sides of the ...
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Excellent room with view of the mountains. Friendly service from John & Lynne.
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