Kia ora folks well i'll be blubbered!! yep ...

Trip Start Sep 19, 2002
Trip End Sep 22, 2003

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Monday, November 4, 2002

Kia Ora folks,

Well I'll be blubbered!! Yep we went and did our whale watching.($110 each, about 35 pounds) We set out from Kaikoura on a well fast boat. As we powered out of the harbour we were told that if we were lucky we might see one or two whales but possibly none. If you saw nothing you did get a partial refund but we wanted whales not money back! And boy we were not disappointed. After the captain had stopped to check with his sonar thingy we sped off and soon saw the spout of spray from a whales blow hole (nothing to do with drugs). They stopped the boat and we all rushed out on to the deck. And there she blew! Cameras at the ready we waited for the whale to dive to get that classic photo of the tail flipping up in the air. I shoved a few people out of the way and hopefully got the picky I wanted. Feeling very chuffed and emotional (LJ almost cried) we went back into the boat and off we went looking for more mobeys. Within a few minutes the boat stopped again and there was another. This continued for about an hour in which time we saw eight whales!!!! The whales we were seeing were sperm whales (I shan't tell you how they got their name!) and were huge. We later found out that this particular pod had only arrived in the area the day before so we were really lucky.

Overdosed on whales the boat headed inland to search out other wildlife. As we got near to the land we spotted a small pod of dolphins. The boat circled and the dolphins didn't seem at all concerned and kept on doing their dolphiney things. Unfortunately they weren't feeling too frisky and refused to jump out of the water for my camera. Our guide informed us that these were dusky dolphins or as he called them dusky promiscuous dolphins! Apparently they have quite an appetite!(if you know what I mean, nudge, nudge)

Onward. Not satisfied we were then taken to some other rocks where we got some real close shots of some grey fur seals.

What can I say this trip was fantastic! By far the best thing we have done on our travels. Seeing the whales was really something and a memory that will stay with us forever.

After the whale watching we left Kaikoura and headed south in search of a cheap campsite for the night. We turned right at Christchurch and came to a DOC site at Mount Thomas. This was shown on our list as having toilets and water but when got their we found a forest with no-one else around and no facilities. We parked up for the night, using the toilets provided by nature, and went to sleep surrounded by forest. It wasn't until the next morning that I realised it had been haloween! LJ said she knew all along but didn't want to scare me.( a likely story)

Well thats all for now will update further soon.

Pip and Red
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