New Zealand: Kaikoura and Hamner Springs

Kaikoura, a small town on the east coast of New Zealand’s south island, is well-known for it’s crayfish.  We stopped there for lunch… and I enjoyed a cheese platter while Patrick and Grace tried out the famous seafood 🙂

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On the way into town, we stopped at a waterfall that allegedly had baby seals.  While we didn’t see any there, we did have an unforgettable experience with seals in the surrounding area.  This is a must-see place for anyone visiting New Zealand – I loved it!

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We ate lunch at The Pier, a quaint, local restaurant with a beautiful view of the ocean.  The seafood was great (I’m told), and Grace enjoyed freaking us out with her consumption of crayfish organs.

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Leaving Kaikoura, we drove about two hours through beautiful mountains to Hamner Springs, where we visited pools built around the hot springs in the area.  It was a great chance to relax and warm up (New Zealand is colder than we’re used to!) and the surrounding area was absolutely gorgeous.  It’s really incredible how many different kinds of terrain this country has, and all of them breath-taking!

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Finally, we finished out our long driving day with a stint to Christchurch, where we stayed the night in preparation to embark to Queenstown.

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