As you may know I have spent the last couple of weeks on the South Island of NZ with Tourism New Zealand. Whales, dolphins and seals – it was an epic week with so many awesome opportunities to interact with nature and some local wildlife. 

Kaikoura was the first stop and with so much to do it really was a photographer’s dream. It was straight off the plane from Australia and into a helicopter with the crew from Wings over Whales who took me up and flew me straight to witness a couple Sperm Whales feeding in the local waters. 

The following morning I headed out at sunrise with Dolphin Encounters Kaikouraand found myself swimming with over 30 very curious Dusky Dolphins for over 2 hours. As I then headed north I stopped at a waterfall where at certain times of the year baby seals come to rest – I was lucky enough to catch them. If you’re keen to see them for yourself (and I highly recommend it) it’s best to head there between August and October.

After Kaikoura I headed north to the stunning Abel Tasman National Park where I was greeted by more sunshine and thick green forest. It was my first time on the South Island and it lived up to all my expectations – and more.

Pictures are worth a thousand words, so enjoy my mini photo journal below and be transported over to NZ for yourself!

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