South Island Gallery / Sea paddling / 2008-05 South Coast of Banks Peninsula  

I paddled from Birdlings Flat to Akaroa to test my new sea boat and paddles. Hundreds of noisy seals but only one dolphin. There's quite a few sheltered landings on the South Coast--I camped at Whakamoa Bay. Birdlings Flat isn't a beach I'd like to be forced to land at in a big swell--waves dump straight onto steep gravel.
 Setting off from Birdlings Flat beach
 Driftwood shelters
 Boaz again, not the Maori name I suspect
 Banks Peninsula Sea stacks
 Loads of seals all along the coast
 Well-sheltered landing at Whakamoa Bay
 Camp at Whakamoa Bay
 Camp at Whakamoa Bay
 Heavy seas, and arches approaching Akaroa Harbour
 Endless East-coast beach at Birdlings Flat--not somewhere I'd like to land in a big swell
 Different trip to Amberley--reef break near Amberley beach
 Sharks fin, Amberley

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