During our New Zealand road trip we passed through Kaikoura on the east coast of the South Island. As I probably mentioned before, the beauty of New Zealand can really be seen everywhere, even while you are driving from one pretty sight to another. Always keep your eyes open! So we didn’t know anything of sea lions hanging out on the rocks before we spotted this big one below. He was chilling there all by himself so we thought we keep him some company.
He clearly wasn’t as excited as we were and wouldn’t even acknowledge us. Bad sea lion! I didn’t want to get any closer to him and thought it’s better to just let him sleep. But just as we were being busy with finding pretty stones and shells he decided to greet us :)
Hello Mr. Sea Lion
So I pretended to be one of his fellow sea lions and greet him back :) Not sure whether he could be fooled…haha
Isn’t he pretty :)! After a bit of time we decided to give him back his peace and just as we were driving up the road back to the highway we met this guy who had just come from another place where he saw lots of sea lion families with BABIES! So obviously we had to go there, too! This place was actually super easy to spot as there were already some people standing in a safe distance from the sea lion families. And the baby sea lions were so super cute. See for yourself:
Sea Lion Meeting Place
Baby Sea Lions
So, while you are driving happily along the beaches and rocks in New Zealand, just keep your eyes open. You might spot a beautiful view or wildlife that is worth stopping for!
After arriving in Auckland and spending the first day there, we started our New Zealand road trip in the morning on the next day. I hadn’t surfed since we were in Peru, so I was totally eager to pass by a surfer beach on the way from Auckland to Waitomo, our first official stop. The straight route to Waitomo takes around 2.5h. So a few hours of surfing on the way sounded awesome. We decided to pass by Raglan, a small beachside town, for that. And it would have worked out perfectly fine, had we left Auckland earlier and/or if we hadn’t been totally side tracked by the nature beauty just next to the road. Because of the latter we took lots of little stops at random beautiful spots. All amazing and lots of fun. The only catch was the time by which we finally arrived in Raglan. Around 4.30pm. Much later than we planned! So the long surfing session did not take place anymore, unfortunately. Instead, given we already were off the quickest route to Waitomo anyway, we decided to take the slow but pretty route by the coast just south of Raglan. And this is the picture story :)
‘Off the beaten track’… south of Raglan, along the coast
We took so many breaks along the way as there were countless breath taking landscapes. We even spent the entire sunset on this route on the coast, taking in the beautiful change of colours and the even more beautiful scenery. In the end we arrived in Waitomo only in the evening. But it was totally worth it and we still had two full days to explore the Waitomo Glowworm caves :)
As you know, New Zealand’s nature is one of the most diverse and beautiful in the world. But did you also know that even by simply driving from one amazing place to another, there is so much beauty just next to the road? Driving straight from Waitomo to Whanganui takes around 4 hours and even then you would see lots of beautiful scenery. But it wouldn’t be New Zealand if you couldn’t just slightly divert from the straight route to add even more epic nature to your road trip. When we drove from Waitomo to Whanganui we left around 11 am in the morning (just after check out from the hotel) and took the route to Whanganui via the Whanganui National Park. An incredibly beautiful 6 hour road trip :)
Meet our new friends, the little sheep.. The below photo reminds me a lot on Scotland :)