Monday, July 15, 2019

Kaikoura Day in Pictures

The Seaward Kaikoura Mountains tower over our campground.

Kaikoura is the whale-watching capital of NZ. 

My sister the exquisite seamstress made this little kiwi-and-fern purse for me. 100% NZ.
Lyell Creek

Tomorrow's walk 
The peninsula has been inhabited by Maori for the best part of 1000 years. They used it as a base for hunting moa, and also harvested the plentiful crayfish which are found along the shore. It was from this peninsula that legendary hero Maui is reputed to have dredged up the giant fish that became the North Island. Whales frequent these coastal waters because squid and other deep-sea creatures are brought from the deep Hikurangi Trench to the surface by the combination currents and steeply sloping seafloor.

This engaging woman works in the town's possum-merino wool shop, where they sell the soft gloves, hats, and sweaters made from NZ's two most ubiquitous mammals. She's also an artist working on designs for prints she'll be selling come summer.

Baby seal and little blue penguin.

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