We left Hanmer Springs and made our way over to the coast. Our stop, Kaikoura.
Kaikoura is known for its sealife. There is an underwater canyon just 500m off the coastline that can plunge to depths of more than 2km at the edge of the continental shelf. These conditions cause nutrients to rise up from the seafloor allowing plant life and both small and large animals, such as whales, dolphins, and seabirds, to thrive.
Nothing much else to say other than the “Dolphin Encounter” we went on was amazing. We followed a pod of over 200 dusky dolphins for over 2 hours. We were lucky too as the pod was only 10 minutes off shore. Other times it takes over an hour.
We took way too many photos and videos but below is a small sample.
Video of some backflips. Follow the link below.
After the encounter we went to our first b&b of the trip. Amy was in heaven since they had a friendly poodle named Charlie. We had a wonderful lamb/chicken curry for dinner.
Until next time…