|The beach at Kaikoura with snow-topped mountain range across the bay|
|View from the top of the Peninsular Walkway. Whale Bay is to the right. There are many seals dotted around this coast |
but too distant to see
|Looking for fossils in the cliffs on the way down to Whale Bay|
|Sun breaking through|
|Soft light at sunset on the walk back to Kaikoura|
Next morning we booked into a whale watching trip but rough seas are forecast so we decide to cancel. Instead we drive up the coast a little to see the seal cub nursery. Mike’s been here before and I’ve seen some film of the spectacle, really something not to be missed. We park the car and it’s about a 10 minute walk up alongside a stream to the pool which is below a waterfall.
|Seething with seals|
This afternoon the sun’s coming out and we take our picnic lunch to the far side of the Kaikoura peninsular then follow the walkway in the opposite direction, avoiding encounters with seals.
|Walkway from southside|
|Proof that the coastline is eroding: a whole train with tracks lie on the beach below the footpath with a new tracks the other side|
|The beautiful flowers of the Banana Passionflower, native of South America which is unfortunately becoming a weed in |
New Zealand, threatening native species. We tried the fruit but it was very sharp, maybe unripe