I only planned a short stop in Kaikoura, and so spent a few minutes in the Wings Over Whales building. There were a couple of English tourists waiting for their whale watching flight, so I had a quick chat with them before heading back to the plane for the flight home.
Photos in this post start with the aircraft lined up on Kaikoura's runway 05 [yes, I put the camera away before taking off!] - this is noticeably narrower than Wellington... followed by some of the scenery I got to see flying north. I'm particularly pleased with the last photo which is looking south-west along the Kaikoura ranges [I took a quick detour inland for a few minutes to have a look].
The middle three photos were taken with the side window open, at around 5500 feet. Some of the hills had a little snow on them, so an open window made for a cold breeze!