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Last of the South Island .. for now


After Christchurch we got to do something we'd been planning for a while, whale watching in Kaikoura. Kaikoura is world renowned as a whale watching site so never ones to pass up on a chance to get money off the tourist the Kiwi's have a tour for the place. Just off the coast of Kaikoura is a feeding ground for male sperm whales. The sperm whale is the largest toothed whale and the largest toothed mammal alive. Adults can measure upto 20.5m long.
Somedays apparently tours don't even get to see a single whale but we were lucky, we got 3 sightings of 2 different whales. In addition we viewed a school of dusky dolphins. We saw about 100 dolphins on the surface at anyone time, but below the surface were another 300-400 of the mammal. In stereotype dolphin fashion they played around the boat, swimming off the bow and jumping an flipping for the tourist, fungi was never this spectacular.

From Kaikoura we drove a few hours further north with the plan spending a day or two on the Queen Charlotte track. The Queen Charlotte track is a 71km trail that runs along the ridges overlooking the Marlborough sounds just outside Picton. Unfortunately the weather didn't play ball so we made the call to wait a few days. In the meantime we went back to Nelson to visit some friends. Going to Nelson was a good decision, we saw the weather forecast for the next week... it showed heavy rain and strong winds and no sign of a let up. That settled it for us, neither of us wanted to spend a few days walking in heavy rain where you can't even see the scenery that made you want to walk in the first place. We booked a ferry and called a close to our South Island trip, for now at least.

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