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Kaikoura - camping with seals and swimming with dolphins

sunny 21 °C

After our walk in Abel Tasman National Park we drove like crazy all the way to Kaikoura where we were planning to do a dolphin swim.

We were looking where to camp again and got over taken by this huge campervan pulling a car behind them, so we just followed it and stopped at a lookout point by the sea. As soon as we stopped, another campervan pulled in as well. :)


I thought that it was a good idea to open that rose wine that we got in Martinborough, so that was the first thing that I did. We were drinking our wine and talking and then Robert noticed a seal on the rock.


So we spent some time taking their pictures and talking to the people from the orther camper van. They were very sweet, but the word of advice for people who are planning to use a campervan - your car battery doesn't need to be charged every day at a camp site, as it charges as you drive and furthermore you don't need to cook your dinner in the dark to save the battery ;)

We also chatted to the couple who were travelling in style. Basically a whole bus to yourself, now that's real camping. They were from New Zealand and had some useful tips for us.

Next morning, we went to Kaikoura to do our swim with the dolphins. The Dolphin Encounter company was quite good, they have special permits as the dolphins are completely wild and they try to work in order to save them with organisations such as Greenpeace, Project Interlock, World Wide fund for Nature New Zealnd, etc.

Once the dolphins were spotted our guide told us to jump in and sing to them as apparently that's what they like or maybe they just wanted to have some fun watching us behaving like kids.

The experience was amazing there were about 70-80 dolphins around us. They kept shooting past like torpedos. They would get really close to you as they are so curious and spin with you in a circle.

The water was quite cold so I had to get out, but I really wanted to stay there forever. Ginger cookies and tea were excellent finish of an amazing morning.


We also got some cards to post home and again jumped into a van and started to head towards Arthur's Pass National Park.

Posted by RL 07:01 Archived in New Zealand Comments (0)

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