Waves On The Esplanade Kaikoura

78 The Esplanade, Kaikoura, Christchurch-Canterbury, South Island, 7301, New Zealand | 5 star hotel
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Travel Blogs from Kaikoura

New Zealand South Island Part 1

A travel blog entry by 2014-rtw-pands on Feb 16, 2014

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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 …

Happy Campers

A travel blog entry by stewy08


... the hotel probably baying for blood. To compound matters, the weather puts pay to our whale watching, the mist and fog being thick enough that you'd do well to see a whale if it jumped out of the sea and walked along the wing of the plane. Having been loaned a tent by Martin and Clare for our South Island jaunt, we stop at a small resort called Gore Bay inbetween Kaikoura and Christchurch to camp. It's a very pleasant spot that overlooks the sea and hearing ...

Day 137 - Drive to Kaikoura

A travel blog entry by costin

We started fairly early again - both because we had a lot of distance to cover and because we had no desire to stay in the odd farm place in Geraldine for any longer than necessary. We hit the road and began our journey through Canterbury, up to Kaikoura. Compared to the rest of New Zealand, we found the countryside of Canterbury a little uninspiring. Clearly, that is a pretty high benchmark and I'm sure in most countries, Canterbury would be considered one of the ...

Whale rider

A travel blog entry by elinor.hinton

... a very distinctive white mark on his upper lip on the right side. And he seemed to be playing the exact same game as before. Sure enough, every time we re-entered the water after that (we had a few more little trips to catch up to the main pod), 'White Lip' reappeared. Knowing that a completely wild animal is interacting and playing with you is incredible, knowing the same animal is enjoying it so much it keeps seeking you out is just mind-blowing. The whole experience was ...

Kaikoura - Dolphins and Albatross

A travel blog entry by katandpete


... hill called Mount Fyffe that had been taunting him since our arrival but I opted out and decided to go on another wildlife encounter instead. New Zealand is one of the few places outside of Antarctica where you can see the Albatross. We had the opportunity to go to see a breeding colony near Dunedin, but we were unable to go. Seeing some stuffed examples in museums was as close as we'd got, so when we reached Kaikoura and discovered they offered Albatross ...

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