More than 6 years ago, my wife and I had the opportunity to visit Kaikoura in New Zealand’s South Island. The town is part of a small peninsular that juts into the ocean and it has the majestic Kaikoura mountain ranges as a background. It is blessed with abundant marine life and a great place for going out to watch Sperm Whales, the kin of Moby Dick. Although when I went, it was decidedly choppy and photos taken were handicapped by my advanced state of seasickness. Nevertheless, it is a beautiful place and I thought that it must be wonderful to wake up each morning to live in a place like this.
So I am sorry to learn that it has been badly hit by the earthquake a couple of days ago and that the town has been evacuated and there were a couple of deaths. My deepest condolences. I hope that Kaikoura will recover from this before too long.
(all photos by LGS)