A walk after the whales – Monday 5th March 2012


The whales and dolphins this morning were breathtaking. In a way I feel full of adrenalin and need some exercise. We loved out three hour walk yesterday so choose to go as high as we can to get a good view of the area. We drive some way out of Kaikoura until the road peters out and becomes gravel. Over a ford we splash, having inspected its depth first!

We begin the steepest track, bravely, on foot. It sweeps up the lower hills at quite a pace. The weather has become much warmer now and I strip several layers of jumpers off as we go. Very soon there is a fantastic view below us, of the river valley. Exhausted, hot and happy we attempt the one handed photo of the two of us, trying to include the view.

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We are not actually happy with any of the results but…

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We choose to return to the van restaurant by the beach for dinner. John has salmon and I have half a crayfish. It makes me realize just how huge Herbert had been when we ate him in Doubtful Sound. But this one is very tasty too!

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It’s been a wonderful day! The return of the sun, the wonderful Sperm Whales, the hundreds of dolphin and an excellent walk followed by the fish supper.
It’s good to be alive!

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