Bio-bonanza at Goose Bay
Immediately to the south of a peninsula jutting into the Pacific Ocean, the sea floor drops away to tremendous depths up to 6,705m. This geological phenomenon is known as the Kaikoura Canyon - and it brings an area of high biological productivity within a stone's throw of Goose Bay...
Goose Bay is situated about 17km south of Kaikoura on the coastal road (SH1) between Christchurch and Kaikoura. It is a beautiful 14 minute drive with wonderful vistas of picturesque coves, craggy islands, dazzling vegetation and, of course, the rolling blue ocean.
Goose Bay is a great spot from where to view the solitary or communal activities of New Zealand fur seals and passing pods of dolphins. During our visit in January we were fortunate enough to see seal cubs splashing about in small rock pools.
Recognizing the scenic value of this location, authorities have wisely provided areas for vehicles to pull over. It is well worth the effort.
Goose Bay also offers some very popular camping options.
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Ohau Point seal pups in summer
About 27.5km north of Kaikoura, along the coast, you'll find Ohau Point - yet another in a pantheon of scenic SH1 viewpoints. In the early morning sun, we saw newly-born fur seal pups playing in the tidal pools, while the older generation lazed on their rocky perches. Aquatic vegetation swayed gently on the swells... All very relaxing!
It is a beautiful 22 minute drive from Kaikoura - well worth it.
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While waiting for the bus I headed over to the beach and sat down on the smooth rocks. I started listening to the waves on the beach and heard the most incredible sound. The waves would crash against the pebbles, which sounded normal. However, as the water receded it sounded like rain. Probably the best description would be hundreds of rain sticks going off at once. While you're in Kaikoura be sure to take a minute and listen to the waves crashing on the beach. It's unforgettable!
is not so much off the beaten path, as you drive to Kaikoura from Christchurch and the other way around...you can't avoid Cheviot. State Highway 1 goes straight through the Town.
it is always my first stop when driving to Kaikoura, coffee break.just 1 hour from Christchurch, a friendly place.
has is own attraction, like Gore Bay, ca 8 km or Motunau Beach, great fishing spot and..fossil hunters paradise.
fossilised Whalebones, shellfish or Sharkbones, dating back over 10Million years and can be found here.
have a look out for the signs: Scenic Drive, worth following
I got my fair share
Inland Kaikoura Ranges to...
Hanmer Springs..a great roadtrip and when you plan some time, you'll find many good hiking tracks,or stop for fishing at the Waiau River. Skifields at Mt.Lyford are open from late July.
then drive on to Hanmer Springs and relax in the Sulphur Pools.
stay a nite, camping is good or book a room, the Heritage Hotel has all creature comfort waiting for you. but also fine Chalet accommodation for selfcatering options.
have a look at my Hanmer Springs page
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