Lately I saw my skiing photo which I took many years back in New
Zealand. It reminded me of my wonderful experience of whale
watching in the town of Kaikoura - a scenic two and a half-hour drive
north from Christchurch in New Zealand's South Island. This is an
exciting up-close encounter with the Whale throughout the year.
Whale watch scheduled tours operate daily and I really enjoyed the
every moment of my journey. Because the chance that we see a
whale is so good that the company dares to guarantee us refund
80% of the fare should our Whale Watch Kaikoura tour does not
sight a whale.
That was my first visit to New Zealand and I managed to watch a
Giant Sperm Whale which the tourist guide told us that this is the
largest whale they have seen so far. I am so excited and my friend
snap a photo for me which reflected I nearly touched the tail of the
whale - the trick of his camera. See the photo below and you will
know what I mean.
This is the boat which we board to watch the whale. You can see
how small is our ship as compared to the whale. As such, the
captain has to keep a certain distance from the whale so as to
ensure safety for his passengers.
In this connection, may someone tell me as what caused the whale
to jump out from the ocean? Knowing that its weight and size, it is
not easy for it to do that. Yet it still does.
Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show and I was told
that they are year-round residents there. During our journey
there, we also encountered New Zealand Fur Seals, pods of
Dusky dolphins and the endangered Wandering Albatross.
A real sweet and wonderful experience throughout the journey
because you will find something interesting to watch and enjoy.
I was told that at times you may also see migrating
Humpback Whales, Pilot Whales, Blue Whales and
Southern Right Whales but it is very much depends on
the season you visit the area.
No surprise that this wonderful place, Kaikoura, often
hosts the world's largest dolphin - the Orca - and is home
to the world's smallest and rarest - the Hector's. Besides
that, Kaikoura also attracts the largest concentration and
variety of seabirds on mainland New Zealand including
13 species of Albatross, 14 varieties of Petrels and 7
types of Shearwater. This is a real wonderful place for
those who enjoy the beauty of the nature.
I was also made to know that the 2km deep Kaikoura Canyon,
lying hidden just offshore, is one of the world's great undersea
wonders. The two strong sea currents converge in this enormous
trench and draw vast quantities of plant and animal nutrients to the
surface in a great up swelling. Visit now to have such a marvelous
At that time, I took my company plane to Christchurch, our final
stop of delivery of our aircraft for maintenance in one of the
hangars in New Zealand. My colleagues and I spent a couple of
nights in that town. Thereafter, my friend from the Reinsurance
Broker join me for a tour and we rented a car to embark our
journey to explore a few interesting places for our trip.
Other place we have visited is at the foot of the hill where we
have our skiing there. I engaged a coach to teach me to ski,
however I find my body is too stiff to master it. At the end of day,
I still hardly move, yet I find it challenging and most memorable in
my life. See the photo below where I have clothed myself with all
the necessary equipments and the stiffness of my body is well
reflected in the photo.
Hope this article gives you some insight of the place I have visited.
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