This deserves a separate entry being the highlight of my trip so far. It starts with amazing drive from Christchurch into Kaikoura. Gorgeous winding road next to the sea along the way. It was a pleasant, clear day for driving.
The landscape in Kaikoura is quite interesting with the mountain range still snow-capped at this time of the year.
I let the pictures do the talking, but it seemed like I was lucky to have a great day out with the dolphins. I joined a tour with Dolphin Encounter. It took us only 15 mins of boat ride to find them, and there were ~300 dolphins, very in-the-mood playful dolphins. We spent a good 30 mins swimming with them in cold 10C water but it was worth it. They swim around you, come at you, and you can actually look into their eyes. It’s quite special. I’ve seen, swim and dive with some big fish before, but this one is just different. Amazing. I got 30 mins video footage on GoPro but it’ll take a while before I’ll get to editing, so for now photos all I got.
After the cold swim, a nice lunch is on schedule and I went big with crayfish at the popular roadside Kaikoura Seafood BBQ and despite the big sized lobster, it doesn’t actually taste that good.
Visited Kaikoura Peninsula afterwards and saw a number of sea lions. They are like dogs. They’re everywhere but you just love them coz they’re adorable. Too bad we’re not allowed to touch them.
All in all, it was a good day out on a Friday!