Photo Challenge Day 15

15th January, 2019

Kaikoura

Today’s photo is of my Italian Cousin, Diego. On a 2 week road trip of the South Island of New Zealand. We are in Kaikoura and watching the sun set behind the mountains. The warm, soft colours of dusk on the horizon and the glow of the last of the sun’s rays.

Kaikoura is a beautiful town on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand. Mountains that tower over the lush, green countryside and end right at the wild, rugged Pacific coastline. Seals, Orca, Whales and rare Hector’s Dolphins can be found in the bay. The ocean is rich with sea life due to the Hikurangi Trough and Kaikoura Canyon which come within 1km of the coast. The continental shelf around the headwall of the Kaikōura Canyon is just 30m deep, but the steep-sided 50km-long Kaikōura Canyon quickly drops to 600m. It continues to deepen until it is about 2000m deep where it joins the Hikurangi Channel.The continental shelf around the headwall of the Kaikōura Canyon is just 30m deep, but the steep-sided 50km-long Kaikōura Canyon quickly drops to 600m. It continues to deepen until it is about 2000m deep where it joins the Hikurangi Channel.

In November 2016 there was a massive 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake which caused massive landslides, under water and along the coast. The roads in and out of Kaikoura were destroyed and many seals were crushed to death.

Despite this , the town of Kaikoura is still hugely popular with tourists and the roads are well under repair.

Kaikoura is also good for surfing – especially Meat Works, Graveyards and Mangamanu Bay.

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