The Beautiful, beautiful South Island
Trip Start May 06, 2010
79Trip End Dec 17, 2010
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I was so right to do so. There was a mood change the minute we arrived at Kaikoura and everyone felt it. Snow capped hills in the distance, lakes and lush green fields produced post card perfect scenery which was stunning.
En route to Kaikoura we stopped off to view the Ohau seal colony. Rather unusually though we were lead away from the waterfront and along a forest trail. A few minutes walk led us to a waterfall where there were about 10 baby seals splashing around
At that point we were offered the chance to do a 45K cycle. I was OK with that but everyone else only wanted to do 20K so I agreed to a shorter ride. Jimmy was supposed to drop us off further along the road but he forgot! We ended up having a cycle ride so short it wasn't worth bothering with which was a real shame as it was such a nice coast line. To try and cover over his maistake Jimmy was promoting the fact that we were now able to join in the afternoons walk as were back so quickly. Luckily for him the walk was so lovely that it detract frommissing out on the cycle!
The walk took us along the cost line, passing through fields of cows before rejoining the cliff path and walking down to the harbour. The views of hills and seas were stunning and the colours were so intense that it was a trye joy to be out in the countryside. We were finally getting the NZ experience I wanted.
That afternoon we were offered the chance to go fishing. I had wanted to go fishing my whole trip but it so expensive in most places I hadn't been able to do it. I therefore jumped at the chance to go forgetting the fact that me and water don't mix well!
About 7 of us went and were offered the chance to stay nearer shore in calmer waters but with less fish or go out where the fish were more dense but it was a bit rough
The other fantastic thing about our fishing trip was that we got to see lovely sea birds and dolphins!
Sadly, I have no pictures as I just couldn't handle trying to focus a camera when I felt so ill! We saw these huge albatross and these huge gulls called Mollymawks which have colours over their eyebrows so they just look really mean and evil!
The dolphins were swimming fairly close to the boat in very small numbers and we saw them 3 times. We had been hoping to view them when we went out as we knew it was a possibility so it was superb to see them.
All in all a fantastic day!