New Zealand Journals

South Island - New Zealand

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A travel journal to New Zealand by jessparkin

Whale Watching in Kaikoura Photo, Kaikoura, New Zealand More Photos
Quote: This will talk about some of my top experiences in the south island of New Zealand

Abel Tasman Kayaks

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Attraction | "Take your Sun Screen"

Quote:
Whilst I was in New Zealand I really wanted to walk the Abel Tasman track but unfortunately as it was the middle of summer the walking track was fully booked. So, taking my life in my hands (and a good friend with me) I decided to visit the park in a sea kayak instead. The first (and probably a bit boring) thing to say is check your travel insurance policy before you do this. Many travel companies exclude kayaking at sea and it is VERY expensive if you need to be rescued by helicopter. The New Zealand coast guard will charge you too!Andy and I hired sea kayaks for an unescorted two night trip. This meant that we would be able to travel most of the way along the trac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2010

Abel Tasman Kayaks
Marahau
South Island, New Zealand

Encounter Kaikoura/Dolphin Encounter

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Attraction | "The Sea Life Just Gets Better and Better"

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Whilst in Kaikoura it is worth (if you can) trying to do at least one of the sea life experiences that are available. I was lucky enough to do two the whales (see my review) and swimming with the dolphins.Why would I do both? You may ask but both are very different experiences and both were absolutely fantastic. Swimming with dolphins was a lifetime ambition of mine and I was so pleased to have achieved it. Dolphin Encounter runs tours to view the dolphins, you have a choice of going as a watcher or a swimmer. This means that if you can't swim or don't feel confident in very deep sea water then you can still watch the dolphins. If you are going to swim I would sugge...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 12, 2010

Encounter Kaikoura/Dolphin Encounter
96 Esplanade
Kaikoura, New Zealand 8080
+1 033196777

Marlborough Wine Tours

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Attraction | "Take Your Credit Card!"

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The Marlborough wine region is one of the best known in New Zealand and some great white wines (think chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and riesling) plus some lovely reds (pinot noir) come from there.So of course one of the Wmust dos" in the South Island is a wine tour. Marlborough Wine Tours are a family run business running tours around the region since 1999. They are extremely friendly and will tailor a tour to you if you like and can contact them in advance.If you would prefer a bog standard tour that they run everyday then these can be booked by web at http://www.marlboroughwinetours.co.nz/There is a choice of a short, medium or long tour. 3 hours is the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 4, 2010

Marlborough Wine Tours
24 Blythell St.
Blenheim
+64 3 579 5038

Marlborough Sounds

Attraction | "Heaven Is a Place on Earth"

Quote:
The Marlborough Sounds are the region at the very top of the South Island of New Zealand. They are reached by ferry, from Wellington to Picton or by Sounds Air (a very small airline) from Wellington or Paraparaumu.If you are travelling by ferry you get to go slowly through the Marlborough sounds as they are a protected area so it is well worth doing this!That said that plane ride might be terrifying (a 12 seater plane!) but you get stunning views of the peninsula.The area covers the town of Picton and several small bays. A walking track called the Queen Charlotte Track goes through the region offering a fantastic walking break. You can stay in lovely guest houses an...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 29, 2010

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

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Attraction | "Wow, Whales Ahoy!"

Whale Watching in Kaikoura Photo, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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I visited Kaikoura in the South Island of New Zealand with the specific aim of seeing some of the great sea life which is available there. Kaikoura is famed for its rich plankton resource which means that whales, dolphins, seals and sharks are all in abundent supply in the area. This means that tourists to the area can swim with dolphins or seals, and track sharks and whales. The whale watching tour within Kaikoura is run by a company called Whale Watch Kaikoura if you would like to do a boat tour. Try http://www.kaikourawhalewatching.com/ for more information. There are also options of sea plane or helicopter tours to see the whales but I havent done that. The firs...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 29, 2010

Whale Watching in Kaikoura

Kaikoura, New Zealand