March 15, 2009

High seas in Kaikoura

Was a great trip... One bus, two cars and 44 of us set off on Friday for our annual Kaikoura trip. The weather has been cold for our summer, down to 10C at night, and raining and windy as well; it was still grey when we set off.. but the forecast was great!

To give you an impression, I have made collages - to see them larger, click on them ( preferably ask for them to open in a new tab or window.)

We had a fun evening...pre-dinner drinkies

Dinner.... games, singing, spa and a toga party.... and a beautiful dawn to wake up the revellers....

The next day obliged us with good weather... the sun shone, the water was clear, and the dolphins were amazing, but the seas were running at a moderate swell... and a fair number were seasick. I had a sore throat and headache all last week, so for the first time in 10 trips, I did not book myself to go on the boat...was strange to see them leave without me, but two other staff and three students also did not go, so we hit the shops...
The pictures they have brought back were great; dolphins in their hundreds and they got some great close ups, including their buckets..... 
Hoping everyone else had a great time... it is the largest group of us that has gone to date, and I have to say a big thank you for their patience and support to Dusky Lodge Backpackers, Why Not Cafe, Aromas, great shops, Ritchies Bus Services, and Dolphin Encounter which are all important parts of making it all go smoothly. 
We were all tired at the end....
Thanks to the great staff and students  

and to Kaikoura for the beautiful scenery - do add it to your plans when you visit New Zealand :)


  1. Ah Happy memories!!!
    I'm glad you had a great time!! Pictures are stunning they tell a wonderful story.

  2. I'm glad you had a safe and happy trip. There's no place like home, is there? The last photograph is stunning.

  3. Lovely pictures! When I win the lottery and visit NZ I will see it for myself!
    Tracey x x x

  4. OMG, this looks amazing, those pictures are superb. Thank you for sharing this lovely trip with us. I am sure you have memories there that you will keep for a very long time.

    CJ xx

  5. It looks as though you had a magnificent time. Good for you!


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