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Whale Watching & Hanmer Springs

Kaikoura and Hanmer Springs

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Beautiful sunny morning, but don’t let that fool you. We arrived at the centre to book in and were asked if we really wanted to go as the sea was rough. I don’t think we would have had a refund if it had been our choice not to go. Anyway we did and boy was it rough. We had taken sea sickness tablets which did help. The skipper saw a seal at 1oclock, but guess where we were, yes 9oclock. We saw albatross and petrel birds but we needed to sea a whale or get 80% of our money back.

Lots of people were ill and didn’t move from their seats the whole trip.

We spent ages looking and 2 boats, a plane and a helicopter were also looking and I think the crew were on the verge of giving up when they spotted a sperm whale. Yes at last. It was a magnificent creature and fabulous to see. Taking a picture of it was a real challenge. I don’t think we will repeat this type of trip unless the seas are really calm. We are still moving.

Had a great meal at The Pier Hotel and Restaurant. If you want an evening meal you will need book. It was really nice and great value.

I drove through the mountains to Hanmer Springs. It was a bendy, twisty road. Beautiful weather. Arrived eventually at The Heritage Hotel. No lift again so poor Spencer had to carry the luggage up. He did get a bit of help from the staff.

A nice room, but strange large bathroom. Beautiful grounds. Went straight to the Thermal Springs. Lovely hot pools. Well organised, lockers, towels etc.
Started to get wrinkly after a while, so decided to get out. Hopefully all my arthritic bones will have been cured.

Chinese meal in the evening, not bad but dreadful service.

Posted by JanSpencer 00:06 Archived in New Zealand

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