Mountain views

Mountains, mountains. They make Kaikoura so special. Rising to over 8,000 feet, these are the real alpine deal. Edmund Hillary trained here in his younger days. Go-hard skiers heli-ski here. A few keen and brave trampers hikers make it to the top of the easier peaks. The rest are for experienced mountain climbers. Not recommended for most us! Southerly storms dump snow on these mountains at any time of the year, though most visitors never see the stunning winter beauty.

Photo 7 shows a nor’west wind blowing snow off the mountain tops.