Wow what a fun day we have had! This morning we drove just over two hours to Kaikoura where we will be staying for the next two nights. Kaikoura is absolutely stunning and we were so lucky to arrive on another sunny day so that we could see all the spectacular views!
When we first arrived in Kaikoura we stopped off at the information centre to ask about what there is to do, and also which fishing company is the best. While Elliot was asking about things in the info centre, I was making us a quick sandwich for our lunch.
Elliot managed to book us on a private fishing trip at 1.30pm, so we had an hour to kill. We had heard of an amazing seal colony just up the road and so we headed there. My expectations of a seal colony were not very high, I thought we may see one or two if we were lucky…how wrong I was! We saw over 40 seals here and most of them were little babies, or pups as they are called. They were absolutely adorable, and also loved coming up close to us which was rather amazing! We stayed there for the whole hour, I was completely fascinated by them and just how many there were, more and more kept popping out of the water and from under rocks…incredible! We also had to triple check underneath our camper for any before we drove off, as they loved going under it!
Next we headed out for a fishing trip. I have never been on a proper fishing trip before, and have also never caught any fish, so I was rather excited! We went out with two men (Gerry and Craig) who run the company on their very tiny boat and one other guy (Louis) joined us who has been hitchhiking around NZ for three months so it was great to hear all of his stories.
What an amazing trip it was…we caught two crayfish and about twelve big fish! We also had a little octopus visitor on our boat for a bit which was very cool! I was so excited when I caught my first fish, I think I caught four in the end and three of them were big enough to keep, so a pretty good hour out on the water! During the trip we also saw the worlds smallest penguins, I don’t know if you remember me saying how I thought we had seen penguins when we first came South and that I actually didn’t think they were them, but they were!! There were also lots and lots of huge Albatross which really were amazing! Unfortunately it was quite wavy out at sea and so after a while and definitely on the way back in I started feeling really sea sick, but it was completely worth it for the amazing hour we had! Gerry, who owns the boat and led the trip was extremely kind and gave us a cup of tea when we got back, he offered us to come round a bit later for a glass of wine and to cook our crayfish for us. After he had cooked it up, we headed, with the rest of our catches to the fish and chips shop, where they cooked and battered our fish up and served it with chips…delicious! We were rather full having had a crayfish and half of our fish and chips, and so are saving the rest till tomorrow.
After such an exciting day of seeing so many different marine life, although I was disappointed about not seeing any dolphins (I am completely obsessed by them), we settled down for the night as we have a seriously exciting day tomorrow…if the weather holds out! The weather has been really perfect the last few days so fingers crossed for tomorrow too!
Bye for now
Ps. The only comment from Elliot after reading this to him was “So you’re not going to mention that I caught four fish we could keep and you only three?”…….Typical!