New Zealand's Sub-Antarctic Islands - 2008

from the land side rather than seaside as the good captain did. We enjoyed the well-maintained trail and admired the lovely views towards the cove from the heights we reached. Our hike took about 2 hours to complete. There is a wonderful DOC pier that reaches far out into the Cove and that’s where the Zodiacs unloaded the passengers who did not wish to hike with us that morning. There is a monument honoring Capt. Cook that had been placed in 1913. There is a small green lawn area running down to the sea and we saw several wekas foraging like chickens in the grass and among the pebbles closer to the water. DOC also maintains a trail that takes about 45 minutes roundtrip up to the double waterfall that is the source of the water Capt. Cook was so pleased to find. The falls and their setting are really quite beautiful. Ship’s Cove is maintained now by DOC and it is doing an excellent job considering this is a very much visited site. Chapter 7. Kaikoura In truth, this small former whaling station town should not be covered in this journal because of the antithetical standards of ecotravel here. Because the Maoris have had the concession to operate tourist facilities here for many years, many of the regulations promulgated by DOC do not obtain here. In particular, the ban against chumming to attract birds is totally ignored. Nonetheless, the Maoris have shown great interest in preserving the wonderful landscape and wildlife here.

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