Day 12: After leaving
early in the morning from Kaiapoi, the next stop was Kaikoura where
a whale watch tour was planned. As we only got one in the afternoon (you better book
ahead), we had some time to see the vicinity. So to name a few stops; the Fyffe house,
Lookout point, Maori Leap cave and a seal colony. At almost 2.00 pm, we finally joined
our (delayed) tour, and even though the sea was a little rough, it was great seeing
4 Sperm whales, hundreds of Dusky dolphins and another seal colony. Due to bad
weather the trip was shortened, but anyhow it had been exciting.
After seeing another seal colony at Otumatu Rock, the stop for the night (still far
away at this time) was Motueka where we arrived rather exhausted late in the eve.
Day 13: For once not
driving that much... From Kaiteriteri, a water taxi brought us to Torrent
Bay in beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, and from her it was just a "short"
13.5 km walk to Tonga all the way following the Abel Tasman coastal track. After
this nice walk, the water taxi picked us up again to bring us back to our departure
point. Finally a little sunburned... you wouldn't have expected it after all.
Day 14: Another day
in Abel Tasman National Park. After a short brief in Marahau beach
camp, we are ready for something new, Abel Tasman sea kayaking. Takes everybody
a while to get used to this but our guides do a great job. Of course all this makes hungry
as well and we use lovely beaches for a morning break and later on a lunch break.
In the afternoon, we use a kind of sail to bring back our 5 kayaks, tied together,
to Marahau. This saves all of us from spending more energy and definitely goes faster.
Day 15: Today we will
leave the beautiful South island. On our way to Picton, we drive along
coastal scenic drive, giving great views over the Marlborough sounds. Our ferry leaves
at 1.30 pm, and as we will take our van on the ferry, an early booking, already done from
home, was necessary. Again, spectacular views from the Interislander crossing over
Queen Charlotte sound.
Upon our arrival in Wellington, we decide to skip the capital, and continue our
way up to Napier. Definitely too much driving...
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