Waves On The Esplanade Kaikoura
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What a busy last few days we have had! We started our kiwi experience on Friday 14th February and have already seen so much! Our first driver, Scottie, was a little crazy! We got picked up bright and early and drove down to Kaikoura, town famous for whale and dolphin watching. As we are returning here we thought we would get people's feedback on …
... that destroyed the city and killed 185 people. There are parts that are still inaccessible as it still experiences daily earthquakes (mostly minor) but it is trying to renovate itself and have a different vibe to before. Whilst this rebuilding is still underway the tour companies don't stop in the city itself, instead stay on the outskirts to pick up / drop off. Accommodation in the city is scarce otherwise I may have considered an overnight stop. The journey ...
... and a huge mouth. I didn't mind too much what they were, I was just happy to have caught something.
As soon as we started reeling in the fish, we were joined by all manner of sea-birds, including at least four types Albatross. I was finding it difficult to concentrate on the fishing, when these monster birds were nosing around the boat, but the fish kept on coming. The lines we were using had two hooks on them, so we were pulling the fish in in pairs. ...
... on a boat and travel about 45 minutes to a huge canyon in the sea. This is where sperm whales dive all year round to catch there food. They then surface to catch their breath (this is when they can be spotted) before they dive back down for more food.
We are very lucky and spot 3 sperm whales, lots of dolphins, and a giant albatross. Amazing trip, so happy that we did it even though it was a bit pricey. Well worth it! Always wanted to see a whale!
When we reached Picton it turned out our ferry was delayed.. we had made the earlier one we had intended to though which was lucky.. as if we had not.. then the later one was apparently even more delayed which means we would have missed the beautiful scenery on the 3 hour or so crossing to Wellington.
Finally we were on it though.. we had some chips and a cake and we (my mother and I) rushed to the front to get a good view for ...