Kaikoura New Zealand

As we pulled into Kaikoura our already squeaky car got even squeakier, Squeaky on a car is fine, but this squeaky didn’t sound good at all. Lisa and I checked into our Mansion sized motel room at Sails Motel and then called up AA and had them come down and take a look at the car.

The sun was starting to set and there is a great lookout spot that sits on top of the hill that overlooks Kaikoura, so Lisa and I drove up and took a few photos of the sun setting behind the mountains in the distance.

Lisa wanted to see more of the town so we drove to the end of the main street then turned back and headed back to our hotel and called it another night. The next morning was going to be an early one, we were heading out on the ocean to do some whale watching at 6:15 a.m.

Day 16

Whale Watching in Kaikora

Whale Watching in Kaikora

Another early one, the earliest yet on the trip!! Lisa and I were up at 5 o’clock to leave at 6 a.m. This morning we had to drop of the rental car at a local garage to get the front brake pads replaced and then walked our way down to Whale Watch Building.

Lisa and I checked in at the Whale Watch building for our Whale Watch tour. We went into the cafeteria and had a little snack before our bus departed.

6:45 our Whale Watch tour group was asked to board the bus for it’s immediate departure. The dock where the what watch boat was parked was only a 10 minute drive away, while on the bus they played a short video about all the safety features on the catemeran and then went through the different procedures just in case and accident was to occur.

Inside the caterman boat was rows and rows of big captains chairs for everyone to sit in, it was really comfortable. The engines fired up, and not long after and we were off in to the ocean.

Seal Colony in Kaikora

Seal Colony in Kaikora

Not long after being on the water and going over 4 to 5 meter swells Lisa started to feel a little sea sick. But Lisa managed to tough it out for the rest of the trip.

During the Whale Watch tour we managed to spot 4 whales, 3 being sperm whales and the other bing a mink whale. The whale watch catamaran pulled up beside each whale as it caught it’s breath for the next dive. Each Whale sat at the top of the water for 10 to 12 minutes before diving back deep into the ocean.

During the period which we were tracking and following the whales our tour guide played small presentations on the sperm whale and the town of Kaikoura and it’s history with the whales.

After about 2 1/2 hours on the water we headed back to the docks.

Once back in town Lisa and I headed back to the garage to pick up our vehicle, it wasn’t quite ready when we got there so we went across the street to the internet / photo shop and checked our email. We returned back to the garage about 1/2 hour later and our car was ready to go.

It was about quarter after ten by this time, so Lisa and I headed back to our motel room and checked out. We were both feeling a little hungry by then so we decided to go and have a late breakfast at one of the local restaurants in town. Aftern lunch we walked across the street to use the wirless internet connection so I could upload the past couple of days photos up onto the website.

Before leaving Kaikoura, Lisa and I visited the fur seal colony located at the tip of kaikoura. This was definitley the best place to see the seals so far. The parking lot is 3 or feet higher then the ocean and the seals basically come right up in to the parking lot. I got lots of great pictures being so close to the fur seals.


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