09.06.2007 - 11.06.2007 10 °C
We arrived into Christ chruch that afternoon and it was a very chilled out sunday, the city was just like and english town but was lovely and quaint.
still get the boyz in da hood although a little more sophiticated with chess playing!!
We had lunch and did the tourist thing for a few hours but then decided to head on to Kaikoura for the whale watching wacthing so we could spend more time up there..
The drive up there took about 4 hours but we managed to get our whale watching booking done when we got there for the following day. we had heard it was great from others who said they seen loads so we were well loooking forward to it...even though i seem to have developed a seasickness thing since coming away, so i had to get some tablets to help out as teh sea was looking a bit choppy for the morning forecast!
The morning we were heading out was also my mums and sister Louise's birthday back home so i was on the phone to them when i got up for a chat before we headed off.
This wasnt one of my better decisions because as soon as i got through to them i got upset and missed them terribly - i think the fact that there was a party of about 70 in our house and a bouncy castle didnt help when i was sleeping in the back of a cramped campervan! however Ger soon made me see sense and off we went to see some whales..
The boat itself was quite big but unfortunately the seasick tablets werent doing their job and coupled with my tears for home it was not working out to be a good start to the day at all!
however once we got going the whales started to appear, they were class - big sperm whales about 18m long and we were able to get right up close to them as well, so it was class to see them come up and dive under again with their big tails (flukes)...even if i did have to hang onto the side and keep a sick bag at hand!
We ended up seeing about 6 whales in total and it had been a fab 4 hours and well worth the $120
When we got back on land we headed up then to see the seal colony as they were just getting back in from theirs days work....
They were just all lying about the side of the road in the bushes and if you would walk past them not knowing at all!!
I thought these were fab, especially seeing as my party trick is to do a seal impression.... which i did and they answered!!
These guys were cool and there were loads of them all over the place so you got to get really close, even though they made strange bubble noises if you did go too close !
we left here and made our way to a pub called the donegal house - in NZ we thought we had to see this! it was a gorgeous place with a big log fire and proper spuds and dinners, so yeah we stayed a while and i soon forgot about my home and seasickness!
After leaving reluctantly we headed east for some R&R at the famous Hanmer Springs resort....