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Flag of New Zealand  , South Island,
Friday, October 8, 2010

We arrived at Kaikoura late afternoon so we pitched up and settled down for the night and the following morning we got up nice and early to go for a walk. The weather forecast was rain and wind coming in the afternoon so we thought we could do the walk in the morning and head off in land in the afternoon.  Kaikoura is a picture perfect peninsular town with awesome mountains right next to the sea and such great wildlife from albatross to penguins, Marine animals are abundant here due to the continental shelf, it slope away from the land at a depth of 90 meters, then plunges to more than 800 meters.

 We walked a loop which stared at point Keane and took us up along the cliff top and around into the town. We parked up and I was looking out on the rocks and couldn't see any seals anywhere so turned around to hurry Justin up when I saw one right in from of me on the walk way fast asleep without a care in the world so we to some picture quietly and moved on.   As we were walking along the cliff top I was marching on ahead and turned to see Justin was gone, I looked over the edge and there he was scrambling downhill, I decided not to go down in case I hurt my ankle so sat down and had my cereal bar, I waited at least half an hour and when I stood and looked over the edge he was nowhere to be seen so I sat longer and as I was so cold I decided  to walk on in hope I would see him further down the track, starting to get a little worried I looked over again further along and saw him strolling back up a path this time. After his telling off we strolled on where we passed lots of limestone formations, they had been pushed up out of the ground by movement from the earth’s plates, the whole peninsular was many years ago under water too and over the years has been forced up to form Kaikoura.  We started to power walk back to the car the last hour as a huge rain cloud was heading our way and  we didn’t have our waterproofs, we made it just in time and the heavens opened so we drove inland to Hanmer Springs to see a much talked about Thermal Spa.
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