Days 5 and 6 (27th and 28th of Sept): Kaikoura
Pardon the pun! I have to start with a picture of the day (and will explain how we arrived at this photo later, so read on!) 🙂
It is now Friday 28th of Sept and I write whilst overlooking Kaikoura Bay in our lovely beachfront apartment. We drove up yesterday from Hanmer Springs. We were sad to leave Hanmer as really felt at home there. I mentioned that we hadn’t played mini golf yet but we managed to fit in a game on Wednesday afternoon at the Alpine adventure course – which was beautiful.
I enjoyed nice pancakes with banana and maple syrup at the Garden House Cafe before we left. On the way out of Hanmer Springs we stopped at a lookout point overlooking the Hanmer River.
The drive up here was quite an eventful one too! Never to be ones to take the ‘safe’ route – we opted for the ‘scenic’ inland route to Kaikoura. Now we have discovered in the past that ‘scenic’ in New Zealand usually means very crazy roads! This was a very windy and at times very narrow – but definitely scenic route! My husband John excels at that kind of driving so we really enjoyed the drive!
Arriving in Kaikoura we checked in to Waves on the Esplanade into our lovely apartment. The weather was quite mixed here as one way towards the Kaikoura beach it was pretty gloomy, yet towards the headland the other way it was beautiful sunshine!
We decided to embark on the Kaikoura Peninsular walkway – this had been highly recommended on trip advisor as one of the best things to do in Kaikoura, so we decided it was the perfect time. At 7 miles long and involving many climbs and descents around the whole of the peninsula we knew it would be challenging but also spectacular.
We also climbed up to different lookout points along the way, and had beautiful coastal views and views down to lovely sheltered coves. Having been on a fair few good coastal walks with my Dad it is definitely up there with the best and I know he would have loved it.
Coming round the headland the weather was mixed, but we had no rain and the views were incredible. We did start to tire towards the end of the walk, but thoroughly enjoyed it and arrived home about 3 hours 30 mins after we started. John decided it was his favourite ever walk! And having been on loads of walks together that is really saying something!! 🙂
The day ended perfectly with a trip to the Black Rabbit Pizza Company (also recommended on Trip Advisor) with a nice Hawaiian to share and I can categorically say it was the most delicious pizza I have ever tasted!! Anyone that knows me will know what a huge fan of pizza I am – so this is quite a statement.
We awoke this morning to lovely sunny weather and ate breakfast on our balcony overlooking the sea.
Very hopeful that it was perfect weather for our whale watching trip we set off on our walk to the whale watching office to discover as their board said it was “ideal sea conditions” – which they said was very rare so we are very lucky! We were worried about sea sickness but both of us were fine which was a real relief!
Our whale watching trip was incredible and we were very lucky to see 3 sperm whales whilst on the trip. Anyone considering doing the trip definitely should because it really was once in a lifetime! And I got a good shot of the tail of the whale as it dived back under (see featured photo).
We have enjoyed a nice walk along the beach this afternoon, and are looking forward to the next part of our adventure tomorrow when we head up to Marlborough sounds – where we will celebrate out 11 year anniversary together tomorrow and John’s 30th birthday on Sunday. 🙂