Exploring “meal of crayfish”

Kaikoura, a coastal town two hours north of Christchurch, translates into “meal of crayfish.” The waters, immediately deep and cold, attract sperm whale, orca, dolphin, fish and giant squid. Perhaps these dusky dolphins are enjoying some crayfish.

DSC02777 (2) (1024x653)

Dusky dolphins are found only in the Southern Hemisphere. They prefer cool inshore waters and have white bellies. Can you spot the seal looking at the dolphins?

DSC02811 (1024x683)

New Zealanders like their one lane bridges and tunnels. Here is the main highway leading into Kaikoura:

DSC02803 (1024x683)

Here’s Kaikoura, population 3,500, from above:

DSC02831 (1024x768)

Kaikoura has a fantastic walking track along and above the sea. In fact, I have decided New Zealand coastal walks are my faves. The following photos come from the track.

DSC02901 (1024x768)DSC02847 (1024x768)

DSC02930 (1024x768)

DSC02920 (1024x768) DSC02951 (1024x768)

We actually stayed on a lavender farm while visiting Kaikoura.

DSC03184 (1024x768)DSC02962 (1024x768)

DSC03183 (768x1024)

DSC03198 (1024x683) DSC03189 (2) (921x1024)

Leaving Kaikoura we passed Nin’s Bin: