Monday, 20 July 2015

Kaikoura Peninsula, a walk between sea and mountains.

Having arrived in Kaikoura, one of the first walks you should do at least once is the Kaikoura Peninsula walk. It starts at the Point Kean Seal Colony and offers great views of the coast and the mountains. I have done it once, but I should do it again, it’s so beautiful! This walk is really wonderful especially in winter when you can avoid the crowds of tourists and feel more alone on the way. 

To start, you have to go up until you reach the first look-out with a perfect view of the mountains. Thanks to an information board you can also recognise each mountain and, why not, plan your future walks. I hope I will be able to hike up Mt Fyffe which looks really great as well.

Then the walk is just following the coast with several stops and look-outs. Having the mountains on the right and the endless sea on the left is so impressive. In my opinion, this is the main reason why this walk is so beautiful! You can also observe a lot of seals from the cliff or go down to be closer to watch them. 

The entire coast is really beautiful, like a postcard, like a slice of paradise. Just walking around makes me realise how lucky I am to live here and to be able to come back and enjoy this place whenever I want. 

It’s really simple but it is what I like about New Zealand and mostly in Kaikoura. Enjoying real moments with great landscapes around and some new friends from here or from around the world, this is the most important in life I guess. It will be one of my best and strongest memories from my travels in New Zealand.

Now, I think I should just show how the peninsula looks, because, what is more expressive than seeing pictures to explain why you should come to Kaikoura, take your own photos and own souvenirs of this magical place? 

The peninsula, on the way

View on South Bay

 #kaikoura #newzealand #southisland #peninsula #walk #view #mountains #sea #mustdoNZ

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

My first walk in Kaikoura, a seal encounter by Sylvia Landez

Once I arrived in Kaikoura, I decided few days later to discover more the surroundings. With the sun almost there every day, the best way to enjoy it is, in my opinion, walking. So after my job in the morning in the hostel, I just grabbed my camera and my I-Pod and here I am left for a long walk around three hours return along the coast.

Kaikoura is very famous to be a special place to watch whales and dolphins but seals as well. That is why I decided to walk until a point where it’s possible to catch sight of this wild animal, even if I’ve already seen some of them several times now, in Abel Tasman National Park, Golden Bay and the Milford Sound. Actually, it’s pretty funny because since four months in New Zealand, I’ve probably seen more seals than dogs! Anyway, I’m still surprised and delighted when I see some seals nearby, it will never happen again when I will be back in France. So I think I won’t get bored of it!

view from the Seal Colony is amazing

I started with a walk on the beach. Having the mountains just behind us make the place so much special. The birdlife is really interesting as well and, according to the great numbers, I guess that birds probably appreciate this town as much than me. I carried on towards the peninsula and the Point Kean seal colony and could see more of Kaikoura. Small town, but so charming! You can find a playground and a skate park, a public swimming pool, a park, few shops, cafes and restaurants, among others. Sounds like life is good in Kaikoura! Just an authentic life, pure and simple.

Further I passed in front of a fishing area and the famous Seafood BBQ, just a truck and few tables on the roadside, which made me feel so hungry. Salmon, crayfish or also scallops for less than 10 dollars. Unbelievable! Looking back, I regret I didn’t have some money with me to try one. But, it’s not a big deal; I still have plenty of time to go there again. 

I was following the walkway when I could see some seals lied down on the path. I realized that I was probably close to the point I wanted to reach and a couple of minutes later I discovered so much more seals everywhere : on the rocks, the beach, and even nearly the road. It’s so impressive to be close to this animal, but also not in the wild, just next to the town! I walked around the seals, for the most part asleep, and tried to catch with my camera their peaceful and relaxed life.

This is one of the reasons why I really appreciate the life in Kaikoura. I live once again in a unique area I won’t be able to find in France: a place where humans and wild life are living together with respect and harmony. Actually, it’s one of the main features of New Zealand, especially in the South Island. However, Kaikoura remains a unique place where people are connected with the wildlife around and deserves to be well known for this. Like a piece of the real New Zealand. 

#kaikoura #seal #nature #wildlife #walk #newzealand #southisland #environment #marinelife

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

My first visit in Kaikoura, this special place to enjoy mountains and sea in New Zealand by Sylvia Landez

Sitting on a couch with this amazing view directly from my house, I can’t stop thinking about how much being there is finally a wonderful coincidence.

View of Kaikoura from my hostel
After 2 months spent in the Bay of Islands, my attraction for the South Island was pretty strong. I had heard about so many incredible places and was really curious and excited to explore all of them. These few weeks around the West Coast and the Milford Sound have just confirmed my desire to find a special place to live and spend more time.

As many travelers, I had first thought about some towns like Queenstown, Wanaka or Dunedin. So I was looking for a new wwoofing experience in these places before looking for a paid job once I arrived in the city. For people who don’t know this way of travelling, the wwoofing experience offers the opportunity for travelers to work few hours on a farm, hostel or just with some families for free accommodation, sometimes food and always a great experience.

Anyway, during my research, I’ve found a request for wwoofing in a hostel, but in a town I hadn’t thought about before, Kaikoura. Of course, I’ve heard about Kaikoura as a place to watch whales and dolphins in New Zealand but, at this moment, I was ignoring all the beauty and the wealth of Kaikoura. After a short look on Internet, I felt something special about this town so decided to apply and see what happens.

That is why I talk about good coincidence and destiny when I realize how things turned for me since my arrival in Kaikoura. First, I was thinking staying around 2 weeks in Kaikoura, time enough to see the job opportunities probably rare because of the winter season. However, when I arrived here I just realized in few seconds how much I would like to stay longer and be able to say later I had lived there when I will tell about my New Zealand’s story.

Indeed, my first day walking in Kaikoura gave me a piece of what you can do here and made me realize why the life here is quite special. You look around you, mountains; you look in front of you, sea. For a typical French girl who really appreciates both, I feel so lucky to enjoy both in the same place. It’s rather exceptional.

I walked 15 minutes in the town center and had already talked with few people who were so welcoming and glad to share with visitors and travelers about the activities here and how to enjoy the time in Kaikoura. Walks, fishing, watching of sea life and so much more to do. The scenery so remarkable and enjoyable.
That is why I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to stay for a while. Therefore, what better way to share my experience with the future travelers and make sure that, from now, nobody miss the real discovery of Kaikoura ?

Follow me further on my Kaikoura journey in the coming weeks here on the blog !

Sunrise in Kaikoura

View of Kaikoura from the look out
Written by Sylvia Landez
Intern at

Find me on Twitter at @kiaorakaikoura - 

#newzealand #kaikoura #workandholiday #southisland #backpacker #wwoofing #dolphins #experience #mountains #whales #sea

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

New to our Team - KaikouraNewZealand.Com

All the Way from France

We are excited to introduce you to our new French Intern Sylvia Landez. Syliva is joining us to do Social Media Marketing & Blog Writing.
Sylvia is 23 years old and has a Master in Communication and Marketing. She is traveling New Zealand for 10 months. She says "The main goal of this project : discovering a new culture and a new country, improving my english and above all living a unique and amazing experience.
My travel in New Zealand led me to Kaikoura and gave me the opportunity to help in promoting this beautiful place to the future travelers around the world."
Meet her on World Social Media Day at our event.
Check her out on Twitter at @KiaOraKaikoura

You will hear more for Sylvia here on the blog and on Twitter

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

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