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“A walk of a lifetime”

Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Reviewed 10 August 2014

We were staying in a house near South Bay and we decided in our wisdom to walk the walkway to Kaikoura. My daughter had completed the walk before so I knew what to expect. The most difficult part starting off from South Bay is the initial walk up the hill but it is well worth it, the views all along the walkway are fantastic and a once in a lifetime experience. At a gentle pace the walk took us approximately 75 minutes to reach the seal colony and the another 40 minutes to the town but this is a walk where time is not an issue, take your time and enjoy the journey. One piece of advice you need to be reasonably fit to get up the hill at the start because it is a sharp walk straight up. If you get a chance and you feel up to it make this a must do event on your travels.

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Reviewed 8 August 2014

We visited Kaikoura Last November. We reached in the evening and had a couple of hours to go around and came to peninsula walkway on the recommendation of our hosts. We drove to an extent and then had a good walk. We watched a number of seals on the rocks along the walk.. The scenery is incredible with snow covered mountains visible on one side, water on the other side and sunset on the third side. This was one of the most memorable visits in NZ and liked this better than the whale watching that we did on the next day.

Thank Takkaratakki
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We drove to the car park then enjoyed a very pleasant walk up and around the headland. We had lovely views of the sea and several bays with seals.

Thank sandraclaire
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Reviewed 7 July 2014

We began our walk in the carpark, admiring the sleeping seals draped across the walkway. My partner and l are keen walkers but not really hikers. We found this a good walk. There are some steps to climb and some steeper sections but nothing too difficult and incredible views all the way. If you have time, take the Whalers walk down some steep steps to get a closer look at the Sugarloaf formation and the seal colony.

3  Thank JacquelineBee
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Reviewed 2 July 2014

The Peninsula Walkway is full of variety with diverse rock forms that my husband and I ,a retired couple, walked and walked admiring every twist and turn of the coast.One can walk on the coast during low tide or on the cliff top from where you get panoramic views of the coast and the sea.
As we didn't have a car and there is no bus to that area, we walked from our hotel, Bella Vista.. So we started at 9 A.M. on Churchill street and walked towards South Bay. The 1st beach had tiny grey pebbles,all almost the same size. Ahhh...Is that a dolphin or seal in the water .... No.. that's our first glimpse of the huge swathes of NZ Bull Kelp, rising and swaying in the waves! On the beaches they lay in ropes of tangled coils or leathery belts.
A couple pushed off their boat into the water,got in and sailed away so peacefully !
We walked along the coast. There are toilets at the little pier where the bigger boats take off for the Dolphin and albatross tours. Along the coast are interesting limestone and chalky rock forms and mud platforms. A small shelter has many posters on the natural wonders of the area.
There is a small toilet there, After which there are no more.Then walk along an elevated walkway admiring the mud platforms.A slight up hill walk, very gradually takes you up a cliff. Admire the blue bays edged with a frill of white sandy beaches. At every ridge, turn and see how much you have walked ! As we walked up, the views were indeed mesmerizing. At one high cliff as we peered into the sea, someone pointed to a Manta Ray way down in the water. It looked tiny but was probably 2 to 4 feet! This was quite the highlight for us as we all stood in stillness on the high cliff and watched it in awe !The zoom in my tiny camera could not capture it clearly although the water was clear. The route then moves through farmland with bales of hay. All along there are helpful signs....' Bird City'..info panels on the million year old land forms, etc.
From the cliffs we were excited to see families of seals lazing on rocky outcrops .Then more excitement as we walked down the stairs to a car park and discovered seals sunning themselves on the rocks almost on the shore.As we walked on the board walk ,one poked its head out of the bushes and startled us. Again a coastal walk to the Original Crayfish Stall.
It was a very sunny day and we had a tasty meal under the shady umbrellas. There was also an Ice cream van parked close by where we had home made hokey pokey ice cream ! Yummy.
It was a spectacular walk and yearning to do it again if we visit NZ again . It would be wise to take water and snacks .

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