New Zealand Wrap Up: South Island

I was pretty excited to get to the South Island of New Zealand.  The North Island was great, and everything I had read said that the South Island was even better.

The South Island –despite being the geographically larger of the two New Zealand islands – has only 1/3 the population of the North Island.  In fact Auckland alone is home to more people than the entire South Island.  Christchurch is the largest city on the South Island, and it is still recovering from devastating 2011 earthquakes.

Still, the people who call the South Island home live in one of the most scenic places on earth.

Day 1 (Golden Bay)

The North Island had treated us well, but it was time to move on to the South Island.  We got up early to head over to the ferry.  You have to be at the ferry and checked in at least an hour before it leaves.  And this is not a ferry like you typically think of (at least in my case).  It was huge – more like a ship at 600 feet long with 10 decks.

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Swimming with the Dolphins in Kaikoura

Today, we left Blenheim and our precious cottage to head to Kaikoura.  We are only here for for one night, but we are doing two really fun things!  We are swimming with the dolphins and whale watching!

The drive was only about an hour and a half.  We stopped briefly to look at some fur seals that hang out on the rocks along the edge of the ocean.  They were cute, but after seeing the seal pups a couple days ago, they weren’t as exciting as they would have been otherwise.

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