If someone asked you where your favourite place on earth was, would you know? Why?
I guess it is easy to say it is “home” or other such amibiguous term, but have you ever been anywhere that moves you or makes you feel uplifted?
For me, that place is Kaikoura on the East coast of the South Island of New Zealand. I first came here in 2002 for a couple of days and returned just recently. I had always wanted to come back to enjoy the coastal and mountainous views which intertwine here. It truly is gorgeous. The town itself is not sprawling or even particularly notable in itself (although it is famous for whale watching) but there is just something about Kaikoura which makes me feel like I never want to stop looking at the views or have much desire to move on. The surroundings must just have a spiritual impact.
First though, check out the view from the pub…seriously!!!
And now, check out some other views…and please note my thanks to the unknowing model in my last photo…I saw her sat there on the edge of the Pacific Ocean and thought it made a great photo. Enjoy!
Just to the North of Kaikoura on the East coast of New Zealand’s South Island (that is a lot of compass points in one sentence!) lies Ohau Point.
Ohau Point is just off the main highway and is home to a large colony of New Zealand fur seals. This may not sound spectacular but there were so many seal pups to see! I cannot tell you how cute they are so you will just have to see for yourselves below.
There is a pool just upstream from the coast where the pups go to play and practice swimming – sadly the walk was closed due to aggressive males (if only they would close down British cities on a Friday night for such reasons!) but what was open to view was a joy to behold!
I recently tried eating something called “Titi” which is apparently a Sooty Shearwater chick which is taken before it has fledged (also called Muttonbird – a Maori tradition). I was at the excellent Fleur’s Place in the village of Moeraki (north of Dunedin).
I ordered it with no idea of what it might taste of simply because it was on the menu. As it was delivered to my table I was asked if I had eaten Titi before and was told that it tasted a bit like a combination of duck and anchovies (have I just put you off?) and that I would be best to pick it up and get stuck in. Anyway, while I didn’t take a photo I can tell you that such a simple meal was one of the best meals I have ever had! Who would have thought a seabird would be so great!?!
Another top meal was when I had Baltimore crabs…in Baltimore. Such a simple dish of crab and fries but it was fantastic.
And after that…I am not sure…but I always have a soft spot for Cornish pasty, chips, peas and gravy! Not freely available in NZ!
Variety is the spice of life. Try something new if you get the chance!
What are your favourites and why?