Thar' She Blows
Trip Start Jun 10, 2009
41Trip End Sep 07, 2009
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That day Sebastian and Phillip told us they were coming to Kaikoura too, rather than travel counter-clockwise around the South Island like they had planned, so we had some time to kill the next day before they got there, or so we thought. The only real thing to do in Kaikoura are the whale watching trips, but since the other guys were coming we put it off a day so we could all go together
Afterward, we drove out on a nearby peninsula to a so-called "seal colony", but we only saw one seal asleep in the sun near the car park. We were able to take a trail up to a lookout on some bluffs and get amazing views of the town, the bay and the ocean, though, so it was still worthwhile. After that, though, we had pretty much exhausted the worthwhile activities of the town and spent the rest of the day just wandering in a sort of bored haze, occasionally snapping out of it to stare at the snow-covered peaks of the Kaikoura Mountains that were visible from virtually anywhere in town. After a couple more movies we went to bed.
The next day, we headed to take the whale watching cruise. We were loaded in a bus and taken to the marina where we got on one of the five boats the company owned and headed out to sea. Kaikoura is known for its whale watching because of some deep underwater canyons close to the shore that sperm whales visit and hunt in
After the tour, we piled into Sebastian's car to head to Hanmer Springs. Since another German, a girl named Eli, had come with Sebastian and Phillip from Blenheim, we had to cram five people and all our luggage into this tiny car. We all had stuff in our laps; I don't know how the car made it. But we eventually got everything in and set off on an uncomfortable drive.
Since I have a camera now, I have photos for this entry, but don't have a way of uploading them yet. I'll retroactively add photos to all these entries later.