Kaikoura is known for its marine life. You can sign up with tour operators to go for whale watching trips (a German couple whom we met at a B&B in the later part of our trip told us they saw a family of whales at close proximity) or dolphin and seal swimming tours, which allow you to snorkel in close proximity with the marine creatures. Due to the bad weather, we figured going on the tours would be a waste of money and went to the Peninsula Seal Colony, home to the Southern Fur Seals instead.
We were unlucky because we only spotted two seals at least 50m away. A friend of mine who visited the same spot previously managed to get up close and personal with a sleeping seal.
Can you spot the seal?
We were hungry and stopped at Kaikoura Seafood BBQ, a little shack by the roadside which sold almost every oceanic goodie you can imagine.
Lunch was a piping hot bowl of seafood chowder, grilled crayfish and whitebait fritters served with white rice. Our favourite dish believe it or not, wasn't the grilled crayfish but the humble chowder which was chock-full of clam, fish, prawn and squid. BEST CHOWDER EVER!