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Great motel in fantastic location overlooking the pacific ocean. Lovely manager who couldn't do enough for us..
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We had booked the whale watching trip for 1.45 so had a chill morning and then went shopping to New world. Got supplies for lunches and two teas. We are finding that the food shopping is really the same price at home New World is like Sainsburys.
Back to the motel to have butties and listening to the sea and watching the mountains changing …
With the weather getting warmer we loaded the battle bus once again to leave Christchurch behind and head for Kaikoura. The scenery along the way was very England like with rolling hills and wooded hillsides. We drove alongside the Picton to Christchurch railway although we never saw a train all day. The mandatory coffee stop was beckoning but no …
... of BROWN. We went via Blenheim and the road from Blenheim to Kaikoura follows the coastline and is fairly straight, certainly compared with the roads we have encountered so far. Stunning views all the way. Stopped for lunch at a beach near Kekerengu, where we saw Fur seals (an endangered species) and a Kiwi train (not endangered by very rare). We had NZ green ...
... had followed, there were about 500 dolphins about at that point.
Swimmers jumped back in a we got to take loads more photos. There were common dolphins and the dusky dolphins jumping and doing flips. We also managed to get another sighting of the rare Hector’s Dolphins which was really cool, especially as I actually saw them that time!
It was about 9am by this point so it was time to head back, we stood at the front as it was heading back, until it ...
... on the boat and set off out to sea. It was a glorious day. The sea was very calm which nanny was pleased about. We learned a lot about Sperm Wales and why they can be found just off the coast of Kaikoura. The continental shelf is very close to the land here so there is plenty of deep water for the whales to dive down into to get food. The female whales stay around ...