Picture It !!
You are driving 2 hours north of Christchurch on State Highway One and just covered the hills of the Hunderlees only to find yourself cruising alongside the most beautiful turquoise/blue coloured ocean standing out from the jagged rock along the shore, the surf a glistening white foam. Yes !! This is the Kaikoura coastline.
Dolphins and Whales
Casting an eye over the surf and beyond one can be stopped in your tracks at the sheer volume of dolphins frolicking and displaying great acrobatic displays. Here.. this is a regular occurrence to see pods of 400 – 500 dolphins very close to shore. Then just further out maybe a Humpback Whale or 2 as was the case earlier this week. The blowing of the water being the dead give way to this large gentle creature being so close.
Seals, Right There !!
The shoreline just covered in seals basking in the sun and often in the evening the road grass verges are lined with them and road signs reminding us that nature is so abundant in this special part of NZ.
Another dumping of snow on the Kaikoura seaward mountains tells us that winter is not quite finished with us yet but when you look it just makes spring more beautiful than ever. The roses are in full bloom and the surrounding farms are enjoying the spring flush of lush green pasture. The entire region from sea to mountains is looking pristine, everything is so alive and vibrant. Visit Kaikoura !!