New Zealand Destinations : Kaikoura
Our final photographic stop before heading home to Australia was the seaside town of Kaikoura , 200km north of Christchurch. For a small town, it certainly was bustling with activity even outside of peak tourist season and the conclusion of school holidays. We approached Kaikoura from Blenheim . The drive was yet another in New Zealand where the much of the danger arises from tourists like me wanting to gawk at the scenery instead of concentrating on the road! At this time of year there were a few snow capped mountains , the valleys up north were covered with beautiful golden vines and the coast rugged as ever.
The scenery in Kaikoura is magnificent but its fame comes from its local fauna. Crayfish is a specialty from the area (hence the name of the town) and is served in many different ways from roadside sales to fine dining options. There are baby seals which wander up the Ohau Stream 30km north of Kaikoura. There , they frolic and play in a natural playpool at the base of a waterfall. There are tours to visit dolphins, seals, albatross , whales and possibly even orcas which all deserve their stellar reputations. Marianne thoroughly enjoyed herself on a dolphin encounter while I took Charlotte to see the seal pups at Ohau. Both activities invoke a sense of appreciation for nature and we hope to return in the future with older child(or children??) so they can remember the experience.
After an eventful three weeks, we packed up for our last drive of the trip back to Christchurch. We have a few days left to recover in Sydney before heading back to the routines of work, childcare and all too brief weekends. Once we get back and sort out the best images, watch out for more updates regarding specific photographic topics as we have tried to record a few ‘field’ tutorials.
Posted on April 30, 2013, in How we..., New Zealand and tagged Aotearoa, crayfish, dolphin, Everlook, fauna, kaikoura, Landscape, mountains, new zealand, nins bin, ohau stream, Photography, seal pups, Seascape, Wildlife. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.