Photographer's Note

The Kaikoura Peninsula extends into the sea south of the town, and the resulting upwelling currents bring an abundance of marine life from the depths of the nearby Hikurangi Trench. The town owes its origin to this effect, since it developed as a centre for the whaling industry. Today Kaikoura' has now become a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching and swimming with or near dolphins. There is also a large and readily observed colony of Southern Fur Seals at the eastern edge of the town as pictured above.

It is also one of the best reasonably accessible places in the world to see open ocean seabirds such as albatrosses, petrels and shearwaters, including the Hutton's shearwater which nests high in Kaikoura's mountains.

The town has a beautiful setting, as the Seaward Kaikoura mountains, a branch of the Southern Alps come nearly to the sea at this point on the coast. Because of this, there are many walking tracks up and through the mountains.

THE PHOTO: While the weather was quite nasty, I decided to grab a three-exposure HDR compilation. Only when I got back home did I realize how much I had captured in this one exposure. Kaikoura, indeed all of New Zealand, is a nature lovers paradise. I want to go back!!

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