Easter Holidays in Kaikoura

It’s Easter break and as mentioned earlier, I used those free days to tick off some things that were still on my bucket list for New Zealand. The first thing I did was taking the TranzAlpine to Greymouth. This train goes all the way from Christchurch (East Coast) to Greymouth (West Coast). The ride was absolutely beautiful as the train passes massive mountain ranges, impressive valleys, green rainforests, crystal clear lakes and rivers. The landscape varies a lot during the ride and it shows in a spectacular way how diverse New Zealand’s nature is.

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Today, I have arrived in Kaikoura were I actually planned to do Whale Watching in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the whales were too far offshore which means the boats can’t go there. Well, I will try it again tomorrow. For today, I switched to another great activity that you can do here in Kaikoura: swimming with wild dolphins. I know, I have already done it on the North Island but as it was one of the best things I did, I thought it would be great to experience it again. This time, I swam with wild Dusky Dolphins. They are smaller than Bottlenose dolphins but therefore they are way more playful. Dusky dolphins come so close, it’s unbelievable. In Kaikoura are hundreds of these amazing animals and while you’re in the water, you’re surrounded by huge pots of dolphins. They are very interactive and so curious. I would have never thought that wild dolphins can be that playful and affectionate. It was absolutely amazing. This time, I did some great underwater videos and photos, just check out my Instagram and Facebook page.

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Tomorrow, I will then try my luck with the whales again. Let’s see if it finally works.

Anne

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