Cycling Tour in New Zealand, Day 9

November 27 Sunday, Cycle Packers Hostel to Kaikoura

Day 9 map

Day 9 elevation profile
49 miles, 358 feet of climb, 213 ft max

Looking out over green valley with hills in background The day started cold, rainy, and windy. Again we had strong south winds. We stopped for muffins at the tearoom in Kekerengu just after a tour bus arrived. We didn't have lunch as it was too early and too expensive. We did phone reservations at the Dolphin Lodge in Kaikoura.

Kaikoura coast We stopped in Clarence for a PB&J lunch out of the wind by a row of trees. By then it had stopped raining and got a little warmer.

Seals among the rocks A km or so before the Ohau lookout we stopped by the side of the road to take more photos of the waves and rocks. We heard a noise and looked down to discover a colony of seals sunning themselves on the rocks below. We saw more at the lookout itself.

Big fat seal

Domesticated deer in field They raise deer in NZ for the meat and for the felt on the antlers.

Steep walkway down the hill from hostel to Kaikoura center In Kaikoura we stopped at a bakery for a snack and proceeded to the hostel. We walked down the steep walkway to the town center and bought food for dinner. Sue shopped but did not buy a wool sweater.

Canal in Kaikoura Because of the wind we have decided just to take a bus back to Christchurch tomorrow morning. That will give us time to sight-see in CC. We made bus reservations by phone and learned the requirements for the bikes.

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