Had a fab time in Wellington. Was very well looked after by H and D who I met on my last visit to NZ.
Ferry crossing was very windy but otherwise ok. Don’t think I will ever tire of the view on the approach to Picton.
From Picton a lovely drive into Kaikoura and campsite at Peketa Beach about 7Km outside of town. Camp site is right on the beach so for background noise I get the ocean waves crashing against the shore – great!
En route stopped off at The Store a really cool store cum cafe for a lovely juice and slice of egg free “pianoforte”. Then, near town stopped off to watch the seals lolling about on the rocks.
Had a lovely lie in this morning followed by a leisurely breakfast and headed into town. Been pissing down with rain here since last night. But undeterred I was up for the 3.5hr walk round the peninsular.
First stop seal colony. Was nice to get fairly up close and personal with them.
After hanging out with the seals for a bit continued the walk along the cliff
tops. Passing dramatic coastline along the way.
The sign informs that “the mountains you see before you …” protect Kaikoura from the winds. Not much evidence of said mountains as you can see but compared to other places I’ve visited so far there *was* remarkably little wind.
Fortunately though, I managed to get a glimpse of the mountains while driving in yesterday evening. Very nice they are too.
So now feeling a bit less sodden after more like 4 hours of walking in on and off rain (mostly on it has to be said) having had a cup of tea (at least that was how it was described – still it was warm and wet, what can I say I was very grateful for it).
Tomorrow, weather permitting hope to go whale watching. Judging by today’s form it’s looking a little unlikely but ya never know…
Day after tomorrow will slowly make my way down to Dunedin / Otago peninsular where I will be spending Christmas hopefully soaking up more wildlife, doing a bike ride or two and just chillin’.