Travel Blogs from Kaikoura, New Zealand

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A whale's tail, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

A whale's tail

A travel blog entry by fyrelizard

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The summer holidays had arrived. With a spring in my step I boarded the Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Christchurch. I gazed out of the plane window at the velvety blue sea, the warm and shining arc of Golden Bay, the long tongue of ...

Dusky Dolphins, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Dusky Dolphins

A travel blog entry by rich

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... , so after a scenic 2 hour drive, we stopped at Hanmer Springs. Thankfully Stu had forgotten to bring his 'trunks' to New Zealand, so he'd bought some altogether more fashionable swim shorts the previous day. We paid just $10 each and proceeded to have ...

East coast South Island and whale watching, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

East coast South Island and whale watching

A travel blog entry by nickiemoore

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Our time in NZ is nearly at an end.  Here are some photos of our time on the east coast of South Island (and a few professional ones from Whale Watch Kaikoura).  As ever, blog write up to follow. ...

Kaikoura Part 1, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura Part 1

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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Kaikoura We left Christchurch at 8am and had a long drive to Kaikoura arriving early afternoon. A combination of the Pacific Ocean, deep trenches and underwater canyons up to 3 KM in depth that are only a few Km's away from the shore and a marine ...

Whale Watching in Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by marshallmatters

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Another day and with it brought the anticipation of seeing whales! Now as we are well and truly running out of diverse descriptive words to emphasise what we are seeing...... we are just going to list a whole load here and you can assign them yourself; ...

Kaikoura Part 2, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura Part 2

A travel blog entry by penguinmad

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... plane in the hanger (by pushing it there) and I was given my certificate and driven back to town. I really want to do this again. My new path in life to be a pilot. I had a great day to day again a lot of firsts. Tomorrow I head back to the North Island ...

Kaikoura Whale Watching, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura Whale Watching

A travel blog entry by carolandthomas

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... to get to Kaikoura and the drive was stunning with more of the mountains becoming clearer after each corner. Our hostel in Kaikoura (the Dusky Lodge) was gorgerous with lots of log fires, massive kitchens with huge oak tables and an outdoor deck looking ...

Another Day, Another Ocean, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Another Day, Another Ocean

A travel blog entry by mikeandrachel

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... have managed to catch a glimpse of the Pacific Ocean; so far on our journey through New Zealand we have mainly followed the Tasman Sea.  Kaikoura is famous for whale/dolphin watching, however we decided not do this and were quite glad ...

Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by kimandrob

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Another amazing film set drive over to Kaikoura. Arriving into the town we headed to the seal colony stopping first at a BBQ stall to get some sea food chowder and garlic muscles. We pulled up at the seal colony right on the sea front, surrounded by ...

Six months on the road!, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Six months on the road!

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... know! Part of China, but for our purposes, it’s separate), Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, New Zealand Number of times across the equator :   Five Number of hotels we’ve stayed in ...

A whale of a time, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

A whale of a time

A travel blog entry by lizandkev

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Kaikoura is the centre for all things sea life in New Zealand. We decided we should keep active and booked to do sea kayaking. It also came highly recommended form Liz's friend Laura who had done it a couple of days earlier. We met up with Matt who runs ...

Hamner to KaiKoura, KaiKoura, New Zealand travel blog

Hamner to KaiKoura

A travel blog entry by tonyandsarah

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... have as many showers as you want but you cant beat a good soak. If you want to find the older generation of people in New Zealand then look no further. Due to the spa pools having certain qualities, you get a lot of old people clambering into the pools ...

The 8th Wonder of the World, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

The 8th Wonder of the World

A travel blog entry by samkirsop

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... Track (one of the most highly rated 3 day walks in the world) and also of Sutherland Falls, the highest waterfall in New Zealand. Milford Sound was spectacular and was dubbed by Rudyard Kipling as the 8th Wonder of the World. One of Queenstown's ...

Kia Ora, Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Kia Ora, Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by andrewanderica

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... know what a syllable is). Anyway after a quick getaway before the warden turned up at 7am we headed into Marlborough the capital of New Zealand wine. We were there early and as soon as New World (the local supermarket was open) we were in replenishing the ...

Escape From Milford Sound, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Escape From Milford Sound

A travel blog entry by jmo

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... the weather to clear (the bad weather seems to have continued to follow us)so we can go swimming with dolphins. Our last day in New Zealand is next Tuesday when we'll be leaving Middle Earth for 3 weeks in Oz. We hope you all had a nice Labor Day ...

Watching the whales, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Watching the whales

A travel blog entry by nomadic-brands

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... Weather : Cloudy It was hard to appreciate the sunrise at 5.30am, but it was beautiful. We packed up and headed into Kaikoura with Harold. Luckily, the weather for our trip was perfect. The seas were flat calm and there was barely any breeze. After our ...

Picking up

Picking up "the Choppa!" and a bit of Wildlife

A travel blog entry by jackie_n_james

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... for the day were cancelled. Therefore instead we spent our money on a seafood platter with crayfish for lunch....because in Maori Kaikoura means "to eat crayfish" so we felt an obligation! haha. That afternoon we browsed some more shops and Jackie finally ...

Seal spotting...and hitching!, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Seal spotting...and hitching!

A travel blog entry by rich

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... a bad effort, although admittedly I spent a further $10 at the cafe. Typically, and for the first time since I arrived in New Zealand, the Intercity coach was late - 20 minutes late! I was getting agitated, but I called Sealord to explain that I might ...

Christmas at Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Christmas at Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by leeandcathy

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... its 3,483 residents is thriving on its booming tourism based around observing its unique marine wildlife. A staggering 1.4 million people visited Kaikoura last year. There is only one whale watch company, they are Maori owned and its a very well oiled ...

Mpegs Road Trip day 3, Kaikoura and back home, New Zealand travel blog

Mpegs Road Trip day 3

A travel blog entry by roseyben

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... we head back we will today drive up to through Mt Lyford & Kaikoura which is a must see if you ever find yourself in New Zealand; it is stunning.   Mt Lyford is on the way to Kaikoura so we stop off for breakfast at this huge log cabin style ...

Fun filled day!, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Fun filled day!

A travel blog entry by tomsontravels

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We crossed over to the South Island early on Friday morning and landed in Picton at about 11am. Somehow the scenery has got even more dramatic! We drove to Havelock for lunch - green lipped mussel capital of the world and had the fattest, juiciest ...

Consider that Whale...watched...Done!, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Consider that Whale...watched...Done!

A travel blog entry by martinandkate

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... since we saw an advert in Australia anyway. I noted an opportunity; a 'world famous' Whale Watch on the South Island of New Zealand at Kaikoura and so we were driving south from Picton for 4 hours to get there in time for our 3.30pm sailing. The drive ...

Anzac Day, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Anzac Day

A travel blog entry by paulandciara

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... day, which apart from being a public holiday; it also meant that everywhere was closed until 1pm. Like most places in New Zealand, Kaikoura was another beautiful town. As it was quite small, it was very easy to explore and we spent the morning taking ...

I piloted a plane!!!, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

I piloted a plane!!!

A travel blog entry by hels_belles

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... when I get home with all the money that I'll have left after travelling around Oz for a month. Yeah right. Anyway, back to Kaikoura. It's a nice place....... Skip to the end... beach is a bit rubbish, didn't see much wildlife, it rained a lot on ...

Best of Kiwi: Fish and wine, Christchurch to Kaikoura and Marlborough wine region, New Zealand travel blog

Best of Kiwi: Fish and wine

A travel blog entry by idarich

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... - low cloud and drizzle set in as we continued up the coast. It certainly was a drive of familiar landscapes! We reached Kaikoura, billed as the marine wildlife capital of the South Island, at about 4pm on Wednesday. Kaikoura is renowned mostly for the ...

Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Sperm Whales and Dusky Dolphins

A travel blog entry by tom_hollie_2010

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... culling has stopped (for obvious reasons) and the village is now famous for whale watching expeditions and dolphin swimming. The name 'Kaikoura' translates to 'meal of crayfish' ('kai'- food/meal, 'koura' - crayfish) and the crayfish industry still plays ...

Diving in New Zealand, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Diving in New Zealand

A travel blog entry by hils

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Well this one's going to be short and sweet. I hadn't planned to stop in Kaikoura at this point in my trip, but there was the chance of a job in a dive shop so I stopped off to check it out. Unfortunately the job didn't work out but I did get a chance ...

New Zealand - Kaikoura, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

New Zealand - Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by gonetilwhenever

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... Kaikoura in our third attempt to join a whale watching tour. Our first two tries were from Christchurch soon after arriving in New Zealand and, despite the weather seeming perfect for sailing, the trip was cancelled and the later one we were moved to was ...

Dolphin Encounter, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

Dolphin Encounter

A travel blog entry by hils

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I had an overnight stop in Kaikoura where I had an early night as I had to get up at 5am to go swimming with the dolphins. After climbing into my wetsuit and flippers I boarded the boat. The sea was quite rough, a large swell but thankfully I didn't get ...

The tomfoolery of the dolphins, Kaikoura, New Zealand travel blog

The tomfoolery of the dolphins

A travel blog entry by jsnicka

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So after saying goodbye to my wonderful temporary family and home in Christchurch, we left for Kaikoura in the early morning. I've been doing my best all week to make sure I was first on the list for an activity I've been really looking forward to for a ...

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