Last weekend I had the luck to escape my hectic studies for a much needed recharge. On Friday night, we headed to Kaikoura – a peninsular town about two and a half hours north of Christchurch. It’s known not only for the wildlife (home of dolphin excursions, whale watching tours, and no shortage of tourists flocking to see the seal colonies and penguins), but also for the breathtaking juxtaposition of mountains (which, at this time of year, were topped with a fresh layer of snow) and beaches.
The pinnacle of the weekend (pun intended) was a lovely hike up Mount Fyffe. A mile high and with at least 2/3 of the track at a serious incline, this hike was no stroll in the park. However, it was beautiful the entire way and of course totally worth it.
The hut on the way up (for those lucky enough to have time for a multi-day experience):
(who needs a bench when you can sit in the snow and dangle your feet over the edge)
After spending a bit of time at the top, we started heading back down to find the perfect spot we scoped out to cook a hot lunch.
And even the drive home was lovely!