Sunday 18th April 2010
04.04.2010 - 23.04.2010 18 °C
After breakfast and a shower it was time to pack up for our journey to Kaikoura. Hazel took the boys off to the park while I had the pleasure of emptying the chemical toilet!! Cheers then.
Must say Dad it’s a lot easier and more hygienic than when we went caravanning!
We had been in a lovely pitch next to some Australians who were also touring NZ. They loved the boys as it reminded them of their Grandchildren. They had told us of a place along the coast of Kaikoura where baby seals could be seen so we headed off full of excitement.
I remembered that part of the road on the way to Kaikoura shared the railway line and over a particular bridge there were no control barriers just a sign telling you to give way to the train and let it pass over first, which was pretty scary. Do you remember Bruce and Liz? Anyway you will be pleased to know they have built a new bridge for cars. Phew!
We stopped for an early lunch at The Store in Kekerengu, which is a lovely café set alongside the wild east coast in the middle of nowhere. The weather had clouded over and it did not look too promising so we settled next to the large fireplace to enjoy our lunch. The boys love to eat the froth off our coffees but we had been told about fluffys which are basically frothy milk in a little cup for kids.
We had great delight in watching Oliver drinking his with his little pinky finger sticking out.
After a quick walk to the beach we set off again.
Soon we were driving along with the seal colonies on one side of the road and native bush on the other.
We pulled over where the Aussies had told us and saw the seals lying on the rocks. Just over the road was a track that went into the bush.
The track followed a stream and all along it were baby seals playing in the water. It was amazing. As we got further up the path there were more and more baby seals until we came to the end where there was a waterfall and a pool with baby seals everywhere playing and jumping in the water. Ollie was overwhelmed and Fin slipped and fell in!! Luckily only his foot got wet.
We arrived in Kaikoura and had a little explore trying to find where we had stayed before. Kaikoura had definitely grown in size.
We found the campsite and set up for the evening. We grabbed some fish and chips and with the sun out again, the sunset over the mountains was amazing.