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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura September 28th 2015

After the long drive and with Dayna declaring that her eyeballs hurt because there was too much to look at, we decided that Dean could do the reconnaissance mission into town solo. The girls pounced on the wifi vouchers faster than it takes a dog to sniff out a kiwi and I took advantage of the guest laundry. Dean returned with tales of seals and their pups in close proximity, news of a fish and chip shop close by and holding a box of Kapiti icecreams. Good times! Our dinner from a nondescript fish shop was definitely a highlight - fresh fish (rig and groper) and crispy non-greasy chips while watching the sun set behind the Kaikoura mountains. On October 15, NZ has scheduled a national earthquake drill; 'Shakeout Day'. We decided to do a drill ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura September 6th 2015

So today I decided to go off an adventure to Kaikoura! My mum had told me to go here as it is an amazing place to see Whales, Dolphins and Seals...OH AND HAPPY FATHERS DAY TO ALL NZ DADS! So the day started in a bit of a tiz as I needed to fill the car up, but had no idea where the fuel cap button was! I tried forcing it open with my keys, spend about 1/2 hour on the phone to my parents trying to find it and in the end it was under the arm rest on the door...hidden! Along with the boot button! I finally set off, and I realised that this journey was going to be a long one....2.5hrs there and 2.5hrs back! Oh well, I had the radio to keep ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura July 16th 2015

Route 1 continues on in the South Island. I walked there from the ferry terminal and found a couple of rides south in the rain along the coast. The water there is such a brilliant blue and the coastline is completely untouched- there isn't a house or any other kind of property the entire way. I wasn't able to get a good photo. But the second guy who picked me up offered to stop at a creek that has a pond filled with seal cubs. Apparently mothers hide their cubs there from the sharks. Along the rocky coastline there were hundreds more. I stayed at the Fish Bowl hostel, which was nearly empty. It's right near all the shops and restaurants and bars but the town was more or less in hibernation during July. I ran ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura May 14th 2015

Hello People, We arrived in Kaikoura, we wanted to do a whale site seeing tour and a Maori Culture experience but they were about £70 each per person so we decided against it in this place. The whales would have been good but we have seen them out at sea from the ship; and we can always do the Maori culture up north, which will hopefully be cheaper. We walked around the town and had fish and chips for lunch. About 1pm we drove up the coast to Ohua peninsular to see so many seals laid out all up the coast for miles, the pictures are good. We headed on further north until we reached Blenheim at about 1430, we parked up in Countdown supermarket and went over to library to get Wi-Fi and charge the ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura March 18th 2015

Howdy folks, today got up early, very excited, drove 2 hours to see the Whales, we booked a boat to go out and see them. Sooooooooooooo disappointed, we got there and it was cancelled due to the rough sea. Must admit, travelling down, the sea was looking a wee bit on the rocky side, thinking heck, haven't brought any sea sickness tablets, but it will be ok as the whales will take my mind off it. So after being told this disappointing news, we were pretty desperate, 'Right', says Stu 'We're get a plane', flippin heck, he's desperate !! Off we go to the helicopter hanger, in we go, me legs were starting to go !!! I go into this verbal outburst, 'were really scared of flying, but we need to see the whales !! The ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura February 26th 2015

Tidligt op og GPS der ikke fungerer Jeg skulle forfærdeligt tidligt op! Jeg prøvede på at være så stille som muligt, jeg vækkede dog deres hund, hvilket jeg havde det virkelig skidt med, da jeg ikke kunne lukke ham ud. Jeg skyndte mig at få tøj på og lidt morgenmad, og så var det ellers på med tasken og ud af døren. Jeg skulle med en bus ind til byen. Jeg stillede mig ud til busstoppestedet og så var det ellers bare at vente. Da bussen ikke kom til den tid tidsplanen sagde og der var gået lidt længere tid, begyndte jeg at blive rigtig nervøs. Jeg gik over på den anden side, for at sikre mig at jeg stod ved det rigtige busstoppested. Det gjorde jeg, så det var tilbage over vejen. Endelig kom bussen. ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura January 13th 2015

So I am off jet setting again, I thought long and hard about the destination, A good traveling friend of mine is heading to Mexico, that sounds amazing and I really want to head to Central America, then there is Africa, so many countries to choose from. Europe looks amazing, all great places to choose from. But I have settled on New Zealand. Some people may be a little confused about this, it’s not like I have never been there, with the being born there and all, and I do head there about once a year, in fact this will be my second trip here this year. However this time I am heading down to the South Island. Yes I have traveled to many places around the world. I have lived in Jungles, in deserts. I ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura October 28th 2014

Vandaag hadden nog Ruben, noch ikzelf eigenlijk zin om ook maar iets te doen. Het kwam ons dus eigenlijk goed uit dat de whale watch toer van die dag niet mogelijk was door te wilde zee... We hebben dus wat zitten ronddwalen in Kaikoura. De stad van de Whale Watch, Seal Colony’s en ... Crayfish (kreeft dus). Langs de weg kun je verschillende oude caravannetjes vinden die gekookte en/of gegrilde kreeft verkopen. De prijs ... staat op de staart geschreven. Heel leuk. Enig nadeel: bij gebrek aan binnenzitjes, opletten voor de meeuwen!! Voor de rest hebben we een kleine wandeling tussen (!) de zeehonden gedaan. Heel leuk, maar bijzonder spannend, want die mannelijke zeehonden bewegen bedriegelijk snel. Een beetje verderop hebben we dan een wandelingetje gedaan naar een waterval waar de zeehondpups overdag veilig spelen, weg ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura July 15th 2014

Na een superkoude nacht stonden we te popelen om te vertrekken richting Kaikoura. Probleem...de auto start niet! We hadden de dag ervoor een leeslichtje per ongeluk laten branden. Die avond startte de auto wel nog, maar omdat we heel de dag niet gereden hadden en we de verwarming eventjes aangezet hadden om de ramen vrij te maken was de batterij dus leeg :(. De man van de camping die startkabels had was net vertrokken dus er zat niets anders op dan Jucy te bellen. Een half uurtje later kwam er iemand langs om ons te kickstarten. Met wat vertraging konden we dus toch vertrekken richting Kaikoura. Na enkele kilometers was ons meteen duidelijk dat het Zuid eiland er compleet anders uitziet dan het noordeiland. Dat het kouder is hadden we al gevoeld vannacht. Het ruige landschap ... read more
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Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Kaikoura June 18th 2014

The South Island of New Zealand is famed most of all for it's wonderful and picturesque scenery. Whether it be the rolling hills in the Otago region, the sheer majesty of Mt. Cook, the adrenaline pumping surrounds of Queenstown or the sun-kissed archipelago of the Marlborough Sounds. But all of these places dwell in the shadow of the beauty of this next place. To one side you have Mountains and to the other you have one of the best scenic driving routes IN THE WORLD (imagine that being delivered with the same enthusiasm of Jeremy Clarkson). I could be talking about no other place than the beautiful coastal town of Kaikoura. A place that was discovered by the Maori's has always been a local favourite because of the abundance of some of the most delectable seafood ... read more
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