I left Masterton at 7:30 a.m. to drive to Wellington. I got on the ferry "The Arahura" to cross Cook Strait between Wellington and Picton in the South Island. This takes about three and a half hours. I then got on a train for a two hour journey to Kaikoura.
The next day the Earthwatch team all met up at lunch time. Amy and Cindy are the two researchers we are working with. The team comes from all over the world.
Monique, Bridget and Doug are from USA , Romy is returning home to Austria, and of course me, Judy from New Zealand. If we have a wet day I will get them to write a little about themselves for you.
On Saturday afternoon we had a short tour around Kaikoura, a small coastal town (about 2,500 people) with high mountains and a narrow plain towards the sea. We saw where the boat is launched from and where the cliff top observation point is. We had planned to walk up to the top butů. the van got stuck in sand, and we were all exhausted pushing it out!
We saw fur seals sleeping on the rocks and playing in the water with some kayakers.
We returned to the great house where we are staying with fantastic views of the coast and the mountains.
We all take turns to cook dinner, wash the dishes and write a daily diary entry in the volunteer journal. That night we watched a great video of the dusky dolphins off the coast of Kaikoura. I can't wait to get out to see them.