After a long day of driving, and the sketchiest road EVER (Queen Charlotte Road..ridiculously windy, and dark.. YUCK!) we stayed the night in Nelson and headed off to Kaikoura. The South Island is incredibly beautiful, and despite the fact we drove SO MUCH over our 13 days in NZ, it was worth it to see the beautiful country.
|Coming in on the Ferry :)|
|Quick break from driving to get some air and check out the scenery.|
After free waffles and mocha (the breakfast of champions...), we left Nelson and headed to Kaikoura. Kaikoura is on the east coast and is small town with whale watching, a seal colony and many interesting walks. We wandered around town, then hit the Seal Colony and the Peninsula Walk.
The Seal Colony WAS INSANE!! We read that Seals would be visible but we had no clue how close and how many there would be. They were EVERYWHERE! Some were just basking in the sun on the wooden footpath. Nuts.
|View from the Seal Colony.|
|The older, and grumpier seals.|
|Albatross Birds. They are MASSIVE in real life.|
|Happy to see the Seals!!|
|Our new friend! This guy kinda followed us and hung out with us while we were there.|
The Peninsula walk was awesome as well. We were up on the cliffside looking out @ the ocean. There were hundreds more seals on the rocks below and many awesome landscapes.
CHRISTCHURCH: RESTART MALL
We drove from Kaikoura to Christchurch and hit Restart Mall and the Earthquake site in the CBD. The mall itself is made out of old storage containers and is right in the heart of all the earthquake's devastation. Even though it happened in 2011, there is still tons of damage and work to be done. We wandered around the mall and then drove to Sumner, a great suburb on the coast. It had the most beautiful beach and great surf.