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.

Late afternoon overlooking the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

Late afternoon overlooking the Seaward Kaikoura mountains.

Frolicking seal pups at the Ohau stream waterfall

Frolicking seal pups at the Ohau stream waterfall

An incredible dawn from the Kaikoura peninsula

An incredible dawn from the Kaikoura peninsula

Dancing dolphins as seen on the 'Dolphin Encounter'

Dancing dolphins as seen on the ‘Dolphin Encounter’

Nin's bin : a roadside crayfish vendor

Nin’s bin : a roadside crayfish vendor

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.

-D

The very last landscape shot from our trip this year!

The very last landscape shot from our trip this year!

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Posted on April 30, 2013, in How we..., New Zealand and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Nin’s Bin is the best place in Kaikoura to eat fresh crays!! I absolutely love reading your blogs and you guys have been wonderful ambassadors for photo tourism in NZ. I’m fortunate to call Christchurch home so you’ve definitely inspired me to strike out on more weekend trips to get my photography skills to the next level. Thanks!

  2. Sounds like you had an awesome trip guys! I look forward to seeing the beautiful photos that you bring back with you! Ive enjoyed reliving my trip through you aswell! 🙂

  3. Really love that roadside crayfish vendor shot – awesome!

  4. wow looks like a great trip. Such a beautiful country.

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