We drove from Otago to Kaikoura to see what all the fuss was about. The area is know for its wildlife, especially whales. We found a nice quiet campsite near the town centre and went to explore our options. We booked a 4hr fishing trip for the saturday and were told to keep an eye out for whales, dolphins and albatross.
We left the harbour in calm waters heading towards some Crayfish pots dropped the night before. The Crayfish were pretty much like lobsters (minus the big claws) and we were given one as part of the fishing package. The fishing itself was really good, everytime you dropped the bait to the bottom you caught fish. There were Red Perch, Blue Cod (good eating) and dogfish. Reluctant to take part as she was the only women on the boat, Lucy soon got into it, catching Red Perch three at a time. As the afternoon wore on there was a bit of a chop on the water that seemed to effect Steve quite bad. Infact, out of the four hours Steve spent 3 hours being sick over the side. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales or dolpins but did manage to see an albatross.
That evening we decided to cook some of our catch (Blue Cod) back at the hostel we had checked into after a really cold night in the tent the night before. Not bad at all!!!!! Especially as we purchased a few chips from the local takeout to go with it.
We left Kaikoura the next morning and headed to our final destination in New Zealand, Christchurch. We booked ourself into a nice hostel on the edge of the city. Lucy was in her element, infact we both were. Lucy went off shopping for the day and Steve caught up with the sport on TV. That was it for New Zealand and the tent!! Next stop Bali.....