Day 17/35 – Part 4/6

Fur Seals

Back on land I continue directly to the place where I have seen the fur seals yesterday. Most are lying lazy on the rocks…

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

…while some are on watch.

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

They lie in the most bizar postures and you wonder…

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

…how they can be comfortable like that.

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

There is a watchman on the sea side as well.

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

A juvenile having his first hairs, joins in.

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

Some are just curious, while…

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

…others rather be in the land of dreams.

Fur Seal bij Kaikoura, late summer, South Island, New Zealand.

Scouting for a New Motel and a Sunrise Location

Hereafter I start looking for another motel. I almost never stay in the same motel for more than one night. It is a lot more fun to try something different and sometimes the owner knows some nice places as well. Like today. Twenty minutes to the north is a nice waterfall with a small stream running to the sea. Between may and october (pityyyyyy) there are many fur seal babies in the small pool directly under the waterfall. This is being used as a child care facility by the parents. That one is added to my wishlist. Despite the fact that it is in the wrong direction, I will visit the waterfall tomorrow. Twenty minutes is a good price to pay.

According to the owner there is nice viewpoint more inland. This could be a good sunrise location. It costs me a lot of effort to find it, but in the end it appears to be a commercial company where you can drive down hill in some kind of cart. Apparently, I have misunderstood her and I return to Kaikoura.

Another tip was a fish-barbeque at the end of the pier. A kind of open air restaurant where your fish is prepared on a barbeque. I choose the salmon with rice. This was a good lead, really delicious.

I drive around a bit, looking for a proper sunrise location and I find one closeby, with a view on the Kaikoura Mountains. Exactly, what I have been looking for.

My motel for tonight is…at the neighbours. I relax a bit outside of my room in the shade, waiting for my next whaling trip. It has become far to warm, to walk around in the sun.

Maps, Charts & Downloads

GPS Map with color coded altitude information

Color coded distance/altitude chart

Color coded distance/altitude chart, New Zealand Late Summer 2011, Day 17

Download the original gpx file gpx file here.

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