Kaikoura was our first stop on the south island. We were only here for one night and our B&B hostess recommended this hike. We drove through town to the Pt Kean parking area and began climbing up to the cliff top trail. What a lovely introduction to the south island's shore area! There were wonderful lookouts and areas to sit. On the other side were mostly farmlands - reminded us of Ireland. Didn't see any seals or whales, but the views over Kaikoura to the mountains was superb. We decided to cut down the steep staircase to Whaler's Bay and return via the beach. Lots of birdlife to see, mainly oystercatchers, plus aquatic animals clinging to the rocks. The tide was coming in, so we had to hurry a bit and hug the shoreline. Check your tide charts. There were some crazy shaped limestone hillocks on the beach and the trail cut right in between them. This loop took about two hours in total and we enjoyed the scenery and seashore life.
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