A whale of a time
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Yes, thats right, I'm in Kaikoura and good job I decided to spend three nights here because the whale watching boat was cancelled yesterday. So this morning I trudged down there again, tissues in hand (I have a pathetic excuse for a cold which basically entails my left nostril running constantly) and was glad to find the boats were running. This is the thing I had most looked forward to in New Zealand and I was not disappointed. We'd been on the boat about twenty minutes when we came across our first sperm whale. He was alot smaller than I had expected but impressive nonetheless. He spent a good five or ten minutes on the surface, occasionally letting off some spray from his blowhole before making a rather graceful dive back into the depths. Kaikoura is basically on a trench between the pacific and australasian plates and the warm currents which are there as a result mean there are lots of yummy fish for the whales to eat, hence their presence year-round.
Other than that, since Franz Josef I haven't done a whole lot except getting on and off the Magic bus. I did spend two nights in Queenstown, which was very pretty but full of trendy snowboarders who weren't really my sort so I did little more than wander around town and have a fergburger. Oh, except I did drink a teapot full of alcohol at World Bar before joining a pub crawl, which resulted in me almost missing the bus the next day. Will I ever learn? I've also been to Christchurch and Dunedin, neither of which seemed particularly exciting. I did stop at Oamaru for a night after Dunedin, which was lovely. I went on a penguin spotting trip where I saw both the yellow-eyed and blue penguins and the hostel there was lovely, especially the very cuddly cat called Tigger.
Two more nights here in Kaikoura, including sampling some of the best fish and chips in New Zealand and then back to the north island. I've still got a night in Wellington, Napier, Whitianga and Mount Manganui to go before returning to Auckland for more time with Chris and Peter before I fly to New York. I can't believe my trip is nearly over, I'm beginning to psych myself up for the return to working and living at home. Tough times ahead!