Kaikoura Travel Blog› entry 18 of 63 › view all entries
October 17th, 2008 – by: robkouw
On the Thursday we picked up the new car, another Toyota Camry (bit smaller trunk though, so couldn't fit all suitcases in there), and stayed the night in a motel in Blenheim.
The next morning we had an early start driving to Kaikoura, to do the Whale watching. It costs you 140 NZD a person (like 70 EUR), but it's definitely worth it!
Before we arrived in Kaikoura we stopped at the Ohau Lookout Point, where you can see NZ Fur Seals just a few meters from the highway. And then another surprise came up, I still had the key of the Blenheim motel in my pocket, so rang them up to tell m. They would charge it off my credit card. Damn! So stupid that the women never asked for the key though!
When we arrived in Kaikoura we had heaps of time before the tour would start, so we did the Kaikoura Peninsula and went up a lookout (more seals there!) and had lunch near the beach.
The boat we went whale watching on was great. Very comfy chairs where about 50 people can get onto the boat, and a upper deck where you had an excellent view.
With a 95% success rate for spotting any whales the tour guide was pretty sure we would find some whales today. And the weather was great, the waves not to big so we were on our way!
We actually spotted 3 whales, and one of them showed up twice! After that we went to look for some Dusky Dolphins, there were a lot of them swimming around! Also there was a group of tourists who were actually swimming with them!
After the whale watching we decided to already drive down to Christchurch, because of the long drive we otherwise had to do on the Saturday (actually it still was a long day, like a 5 hours drive from Christchurch to Dunedin).
So on Friday evening we arrived in Christchurch, found ourselves a motel and went for a walk into town. We saw the Cathedral (I've only seen it on the puzzles i've been doing when I was young) and we came around a big art thingy which looks like a big zak patat?!?!
The next morning I pushed the pedal to get to Oamaru by lunch, there was a BBQ going on at Auntie Onnys place!! Lots of other family were there too, most of them haven't seen for ages! Had a few sausages, some bread and a beer and we drove on to Dunedin.
Ofcourse we had to make a stop though at the Mouraki Boulders, like really big round stones that fell down??? one day.
After having made some pictures there it was off to Dunedin to meet with Oma and Opa and co.
Have had a lot of fun since then, but most of the traveling is over for a while.
Fromout Dunedin there are a few daytrips planned, like Purakaunui Falls, and scheduled for a trip down to Wanaka/Queenstown next weekend, and in the last week going to Milford Sound. And ofcourse there's lots to see in the Dunedin/Otago area so won't get bored. You'll see more in the next couple of weeks!
That's all for now. Cya!!
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