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Make your way to the airport this morning where the car hire depots are still located for the city.
Head north from Christchurch to Kaikoura.
There is a seal colony here about 25 minutes north of the town close to Nins Bin, that is well worth a visit and from here a short walk up to a nearby lookout point affords glorious views over the bay and nearby mountains
This morning you join the Whale Watch trip, departing from the Whale Way Station in Kaikoura. This will take up most of the morning and have the afternoon at leisure in this delightful ocean-front town.
Kaikoura Whale Watch today
stunning - saw 4 sperm whales but sadly no husky dolphins . Only male sperm whales as too cold here for females. So no shouting "there she blows today"
Males have more blubber - saw some excellent examples of whale cellulite today.. Male sperms have to hang on until they are about 50 years old before they mate! ...
... saw plenty of seals, ducks, cormorants, albatrosses and herons and were totally stunned by the scenery all around. After we got tired we went back to the hotel but on the way back we bought a nice bottle of local sauvignon wine that we enjoyed in the bed with a light dinner and feijoas and kiwano fruit for dessert. The green feijoas are fresh mixture of pear, lime and fig flavours and the orange and spiky kiwano tastes a bit like cucumber.
Up in time to see a lovely sunrise from outside the motel. The sun rose across the bay, shining on the tops of the Kaikoura ranges. Done with Kaikoura, so headed north. Stopped for crayfish at Nin's Bins on the side of SH, overlooking the ocean. The lady in the stall had a bin full, freshly caught that morning. Drowned in fresh water, cooked, frozen briefly, and ready for sale ...