Some good kai in Kaikoura

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August 10th 2016
Published: August 10th 2016
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A sleep in to 8-30am thanks to $6- worth of pillows, and a $15- grey blanket, which made sleeping oh so warm and comfy.

And then bacon and eggs to start the day, admiring the hard frost from the dining room window. Minus something this morning at 6-30am when nature called brrrrrr!

So off on the big lap this morning via the Apollo motor home office to find out about the gas heater, get a lid for a saucepan, get a latch for the ever swinging bathroom door and whilst there use their free wifi and free coffee. I managed to drive my way there, most of the roads in Christchurch are almost the same post earthquake, but there are a few new fly overs.

Off to Kaikoura for the night and through magnificent wine growing regions just north of Christchurch, snow on the hills and at some stages right beside us on the road. Little lambs in the fields, deer in the paddocks, cattle grazing, little towns, so typical of the NZ landscape.

Arriving in Kaikoura we went to the seal colony, follow the road through the town south, along the coast, past the famous BBQ shack to the end of the point where a seal colony lives in the car park, right on the beach and rocks. Go for a short walk up the path. From the hilltop there is a magnificent view of the Kaikoura ranges, and the sea. Time for a cheese board for afternoon tea, watching the seals and the ocean.

We stopped at the BBQ shack for some fresh seafood. I had a grilled blue cod sandwich, Martin had a paua fritter and a whitebait fritter in a sandwich, alfresco, sheep and hills on one side and sea on the other.

Snow is blanketing the mountains, total sunshine all day, magnificent NZ at its best.

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