diagram of sea trenches around Kaikoura

Our first stop after leaving Christchurch was Kaikoura. A small town about 2 hours drive north of Christchurch. We stayed at a backpackers and got our first taste of off season travelling. Basically there is hardly anybody there! This is both strange (so quiet) and great at the same time!

Kaikoura is located right near an ocean canyon (see picture to the right) which means there are all sorts of marine life in the area from seals, to dolphins and whales.

We spent a whole day there (August 12th) and checked out the main cliffs for a round top walk. This means you walk across the cliffs one way and come back via the beach route.  The weather was overcast and there was an almighty cold wind blowing. We also found out that a large section of the cliff walk was closed off due to damage from the severe storms that lashed New Zealand the previous week.

So resigned to the fact that it was going to be just a cliff top walk and back, we set off.  First there were a lot of seals just lazing about in the car park.

a seal posing three seals on rocks a resting seal

There were nice views from the top of the cliffs themselves. We could see a large seal colony in the distance on the rocks.

panorama of an offshore seal colony

Fem started to get too cold so she turned back about 1/3 of the way in. I continued on just to see if there was anything else to see in the next bay and so on. Most of the bays looked the same and the weather was very cold and windy. At the end there was a large seal colony which I got a shot of and then I turned back. We spent the rest of the day just taking it easy. It was a relatively lukewarm start to the adventure. 🙂

rocks at the bottom of a cliff massive seal colony

Panorama of one of the bays

shot of one of the bay heads self shot at kaikoura cliffs

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Matt Corr

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