I’ve uploaded some pictures of swimming with dolphins at Kaikoura, and other wildlife, to my picture gallery (linked to on the right hand side). There is also a picture of my tent at the campsite 7km south of Kaikoura.
Today I reached a point in my travels where I kinda thought I needed to stop for a while so I did some research into flying out of Japan and moving my dates back from New Zealand, skipping the side trip to South Korea and China – it’s hardly worth it for the time I’d […]
Like always, I entered the main outdoors shops in Christchurch like a kid in a candy store. As I discovered the tent given to me with the car was crap, and I couldn’t put it up myself, there was only one thing to do….buy a new one, yes my third tent in total if you […]
Here’s the webcam of my local beach for the next few days! Taylors Surf – Homepage Also, I have no mobile phone coverage when I’m ‘at home’ if you have my number.
I drove down from Hamner to Christchurch today and yet again have been a lucky bugger in the travel buddies, and accommodation stakes! This time, thanks to Richard whom I met in the Perhentian Islandsin October. He lives on the outskirts edges of Christchurch with a cracking view over a peninsula and beach. I’ll be […]
Yesterday I went swimming with the dolphins in Kaikoura which was absolutely amazing. I was in the water around five times, and they reckoned the pod had around 400 dusky dolphins in it. Yes, 400, and all around us. Apparently if you make noises through your snorkel it attracts them so there was one in […]
Had a chilled start to the day and then headed down the coastal drive to Kaikoura, taking in a fab stop at a cafe on the coast, and a stop at Ohau Point to watch the seals. There were loads of them and their wee ones chilling on the rocks just 20m from the layby […]
Having booked the dolphins on Saturday, after explaining my trip in the South Island, I asked the girl at the hostel’s reception how to kill a couple of days around Picton. After finding out I wasn’t going to do the Queen Charlotte Track in Malborough Sounds she said ‘Come running with me if you want, […]
I crossed the ditch today (otherwise known as the Cook Strait) and landed in Picton. It was blowing a hoolie on the way across, but pretty straightforward and comfy crossing. I landed up at the Sequoia Backpackers here which is a really cool little hostel, although most folk end up in the tele room all […]
It was another lazy start today, the way it tends to be when I’m staying at someone’s place. I was up at a decent time to get a car parking coupon, but spent quite a while looking up a few things online and trying to get some bearings on where things were in relation to […]