Pacific Fur Seals

Driving north up the coast from Christchurch we found ourselves stunned by the location of the highway- directly along the ocean despite all odds or caution. Roadway engineers clearly had no concerns about making this road as beautiful as possible, despite the sharp curves, one way tunnels, and narrow roadways necessary to do so. Clearly, the Kiwi obsession with adventure sports is a passion that has blossomed everywhere.

With high speeds and a winding, narrow road, the ability to actually glance at the ocean becomes nearly impossible. Rock formations could be small sail boats.. Seaweed could look like rock formations.. It all looks different from the corner of the eye. Passing by roadside crawfish stands with small gravel turnoffs and wooden picnic tables, we pulled over for a break… Who knew all those rocks were covered with sun bathing fur seals…

Basking in the sunshine, playing in the rock pools, and swimming in the waves, the seals put on quite a show for us.

We couldn’t stay too long as we were practically standing on the side of the highway, but the clear day and the deep blue water made for some great footage… The seals weren’t bad either…

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