Surfing Camping in Kaikoura
After our 5 day great walk experience, we decided to take Lucy and the surfboards and post up for a couple of days in Kaikoura in hopes to get some surf as a new swell was showing up and we hadn’t done any surfing on the South Island so far. We had been moving around so much with the Great Walk and with traveling around with my parents we were looking forward to staying in one spot for more than one night and just posting up on a beach with some surf. Kaikoura is a small beach town on the East Coast of the South Island of New Zealand and is known for their marine life and beautiful scenery, as well as some good surf. We had driven through it a couple times on Highway 1 but had never camped there as of yet. After scoping out a couple camp spots we found a beautiful little spot right on the beach and in front of a good little beach break known as Meat Works. The surf spot is known as Meat Works because the rocky entrance can tear up your feet if you are not careful during a large swell. I fell on my butt once or twice trying to get in and out but for the most part we came out with both feet in tact. Best part besides being right on the beach? It was free and allowed fires! To find a campsite that is both free and campfire friendly is a rarity in New Zealand anymore so we were pretty stoked to find one right on the beach. It is a extremely basic campground with no running water so you do have to bring everything in, but for the price and scenery it was worth roughing it for a couple days, During our time there, we saw seals swimming in and out of the line up ( which sometimes can scare the shit out of you if you do not know they are there) and some dolphins cruise by in the mornings. The campsite is also by the infamous Ohau Stream Waterfall, which I think is my all time favorite waterfall due to the baby seal day camp the seal moms use it for. I could probably visit the stream every day to watch the baby seals playing in the waterfall while their moms hunted, I joked to Tyler he could just come back and pick me up at the end of the trip.