So final day in Kaikora, which is sad as it has been great for the wildlife. Hopefully again when im back as it’s close, but will see then. The sun is shining again and it’s warm so after chilling out at the Dolphin Lodge using the wifi for my blog, I head out to the local cafe Reserve Hut and sit and enjoy a pot of tea and caramel slice in the sun. Good spot for people watching. Having hired a mountain bike for $5 (£2.50) from the hostel, after getting a few supplies from the supermarket, I cycle to the seal colony. So much quicker and a nice ride with only a small gradient uphill, so generally flat.
When I arrive the tide is high so only option is over the penisular to get to the seals. But with not really having time despite it saying there is a way down the cliffs at the main Whaler bay on the board outside, it’s not really an option or safe one anyway as thr cliffs are steep. Last thing I want to do is run out time and get stuck there when next tide is low and I have a bus to catch. I do see a few climbing uphill, but it doesn’t look easy.
So all my pics are from the top and it looks better in the sun as last night all the beautiful beaches are shady as later. The water below looks tourquise blue and you can even see a stingray from up the top. Apparently there are a lot the other side and a girl said she saw about 50 dolphins jumping around in the water. With my super zoom camera, acting as binoculars, can watch what the seals are doing on the rocks, as they are sitting in lots of places today more than yesterday. I even catch on video a small territorial argument between two seals, with the one being the bully being the bigger of the two. The seals are so fascinating to watch and easily could spend all day watching them, ideally on the beach as closer and not reliant on the super zoom.
I only walk 3/4 of way as need to get back and so after taking my time and spending over an hour gazing down and out over the beaches I head back to the bike. When I’m down in the carpark I check to see if the random seal is still there, which he is and laying by the path you start to take when tides are low. There is also further along two new seals. One large one asleep and one entertaining the crowd by scratching himself on the rocks looking cute.
So the bike ride back is easy and nice taking about 15mins. I have enough time to grab few bits from supermarket before taking the bike back to the hostel. Last hurdle of ride is the steep hill up to the hostel, so I walk it up. I have bit of time to organise myself at the hostel before heading down to the naked bus. This one is a new bus so has usb ports and wifi. Another scenic route back along the coast and through winding roads it’s a pleasant trip back to Christchurch.
Arriving back about 7pm I check into YHA Christchurch and it is the best of the 3 hostels here have stayed at. Really clean and modern I actually get my own 4 bed room for the night and morning, which is great as a one off as feels more like a hotel. Not the most sociable hostel as the common area is more like a library, but Christchurch doesn’t seem to be about that. The kitchen is big, organised and clean and it’s the first time using a kitchen in NZ. Overall really nice stay and good to have a day in the city to just chill and explore.
6th April 2016