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Kaikoura – Part 3

After lunch, we drove around to Point Kean, to the south side of town. The weather was perfect for early December (i.e. Early summer).

Seal viewing at Point Kean

Around the point, we passed a remnant of an old homestead. I’m guessing the sea level has risen quite a bit since it was first built.

Seal viewing at Point Kean

And it we didn’t have to go far to see our first seal. These are all New Zealand fur seals, and can be found on rocky shores throughout mainland New Zealand, the Chatham Islands, and the sub-Antarctic islands, as well as parts of Australia.

Seal viewing at Point Kean

These seals were pretty used to humans, and other animals too, it seems.

Seal viewing at Point Kean

Kaikoura – Part 2

Kaikoura was a town that was clearly still recovering from its recent disaster. But Kiwis do have lots of experience with natural disasters, so they seem to just get on with it so that things can get back to ‘normal’.

This area has been cleaned up and demountables and other quick building solutions were brought in to act as shops.

Lunch at Kaikoura

We certainly found good fish and chips there for lunch.

Lunch at Kaikoura

Kaikoura – Part 1

In December 2018, we travelled for 2 weeks around the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Never posted from that time, so here is the start of it (this series will definitely go on for sometime).

To start off with, we drove north of Christchurch. We’ll revisit the city at the end of the journey, but the drive up was quite spectacular.

Coast Highway Reconstruction

However, there were plenty of reminders of the massive earthquake barely 13 months before. This part of the coastline was very hard-hit, and they were still fixing up major parts of the highway (the main thoroughfare in these parts).

Coast Highway Reconstruction

Coast Highway Reconstruction

The very slow journey was worth the drive to reach these views.

Kaikoura Coast

Kaikoura Coast