Anchor Inn Motel
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Woke up to a lovely sunny day in Kaikoura. Clear blue skies and no wind, barely a breeze, which is just bliss for us Wellingtonians!
Whale Watch Kaikoura's headquarters is a great set up. They have a great spot on the beach with boardwalk along the edge of the sand. Kids found the beach volleyball court and entertained themselves while …
I woke at 7 am. We had a cup of tea. I walked out to the lake. Majestic. Given the night I had... this was more than welcomed. I wanted nothing more to do with this place, so, by 7:30, we were on the road and taking photos galore. We stopped at Geraldine at a stunning little brewery for breakfast. They had deer. And a Buck with huge antlers! The …
... lazy looking animals on the land, but graceful and agile when in the water. We were then taken to our hostel, 'The Lazy Shag'. New Zealanders call the birds we know as cormorants, shags for some reason. They are slightly different however. I really like this hostel, it's right across from the beach, it has two animals - a dog which barks a lot, and a pig which eats all of our leftover food, the rooms have big glass sliding doors so you can see into the garden and out over ...
... just the same incase they spot them!
We complete the loop and return to the camper which we had parked up near a caravan selling crayfish, aptly, as Kai means food in Maori, and Koura means crayfish. Neither of us are tempted by the crayfish and settle for a cuppa instead before heading off to find a spot to spend the night.
We end up back up the coast, just a short distance north of Kaikoura. The place ...
... hours later.
Stopped for another look at the seal pups at Ohau. More pups than the other day. Quite a few groups were in the pools on the way down the stream. Discovered from the DOC ranger there that the pups spend the night on the rocks round the pool. In the mornings they head back to sea to feed. Pretty amazing to see them so close up and with such easy access.