katherine’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 03 Aug 2005

Location: Kaikoura, New Zealand

MapVicky recommended I come to Kaikoura, 3h North of Chrsitchurch, so I hopped on the train yesterday morning. It is said to be one of the most picturesque train journeys in the world, so what did I do? I nodded off! D'oh!
The town is on the East Coast - the snow capped mountains on one side and the Pacific on the other. I did the cliff top walk yesterday around the coast line, looking down on the seal colonies. Climbing the hills, the sun shining, I felt like Maria Von Trapp and was just about the burst into song when I took a wrong turn and ended up in a muddy field full of moody looking cows!
Delighted to see clear blue skies when I opened the curtains this morning because at 10.30am, I was up in the sky flying a plane over the coastline! Yup, I did one of those Pilot-a-Plane courses. It was of course dual control, but I actually got to steer it along the coastline and up over the mountains. Fantastic! At one point the (Co-?) Pilot asked if I liked roller coasters! Well of course!! :) He did a few fast turns etc Top Gun stylee :) Think I've found my calling in life :)
Getting the train back to Christchurch at 4pm and determined to stay awake this time!!