Whale watching in Kaikoura - New Zealand

Trip Start Jan 15, 2011
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Trip End Sep 15, 2011


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Kaikoura Beach Campsite

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

In the afternoon, after visiting Hammer Springs, we drove 135km north to Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island. The long drive was stunning as we started passing snow capped mountains and crystal clear rivers. We left Hammer Springs at noon and arrived at Kaikoura by 3pm. Kaikoura which has a population of only 2700 is famous for fishing and whaling.

The wind was blowing hard that afternoon as we walked around the coast watching the seals rest on their rocks. That evening we stayed three km away from Kaikoura at a campsite and cooked our first proper hot meal.

Camping on the coast with a strong sea breeze blowing over our campervan all night long turned us into ice cubes. In the morning we both were the coldest we had even been. After a cold nights sleep we set off to catch a glimpse of the whales in the Pacific Ocean. After spotting some dusky dolphins and albatrosses, it took the captain a good two hours before he could locate a whale.

In the end we managed to spot the massive Sperm whale just before it caught its breath and went down to the depths of the sea for one of their two hour feeding sessions. It was great seeing the whale as it hung its tale in the air just before it dived down into the sea.

Once back on dry land we headed to Lake Tekapo in the centre of the South Island.



Cesta do Kaikoury trvala pouze dve hodiny a byla lemovana nadhernymy horamy. Parkrat jsme zastavili, abychom si to mohli vyfotit, ale pote jsme si uvedomili, ze stavet kazdych pet minut nemuzem jinak delko nedojedem, Ale musim rict, ze kdyby byl cas urcite to stoji kazdych pet minut zastavit, jelikoz priroda jakou vidite kolem je neuveritelna a ja ani nevim jak to slovy popsat. Oba dva jsme se shodli, ze jsme nikdy nic hezciho nevideli a mozna ani neuvidime.

Mestecko Kaikoura je zname predevsim pozorovanim velryb. Unikatni podminky, ktere vytvari proudeni vody v hlubokomorskem prikopou sem pritahuji velryby po cely rok. Drive se zde zivot tocil kolem lovni velryb, ale dnes uz zakony Noveho Zelandy lov velryb nepovoluji a zivot mesta se toci predevsim kolem turistu a my jsme byli jedni z nich a na druhy den jsme si zaplatili pozorovani velryb.

Zbytek dne jsme stravil prochazkou kolem poloostrova na kterem se mestecko nachazi a zasli jsme se podivat na kolonii lachtanu. Dosli jsme az do zatoky Whalers Bay, kde jsme meli moznost videt nekolik albratrosu.

Ubytovali jsme se v kempu u pobrezi, kde jsme sice meli nadherny vyhled na plaz, ale v noci nasim smerem foukal hrozny vitr , teploty byly kolem nuly a my jsme se probudili jako kusy ledu.

Rano jsme se vydali na pozorovani velryb. Ze zacatku jsme videli pouze par delfinu a albatrosu, jelikoz kapitanovi trvalo skoro dve hodiny lokalizovat velrybu. Na konec se nam naskytl pohled na vorvane obrovskeho, ktery byl na hladine skoro 15 minut a pote vplul pod vodu na pravidelne dvou hodinove loveni potravy .

Kdyz jsme prijeli na pevninu, stihli jsme si dat obed na plazi, ktera je pokryta cernym piskem a pote se vydali jsme smer jezero Tekapo, ktere se nachazi uprostred jizniho ostrova.
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