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the due to arrive on New Year’s Day.
Kaikoura Coastguard have reported no serious problems off the coast despite being called out twice since Christmas.
Some canoeists got into trouble on the north side of the peninsular on Friday when they were tipped out of their canoes and were forced to swim to the shore.
On Saturday night the Kaikoura Coastguard responded to an emergency about 10pm after a flare was sighted north up the coast from Kaikoura.
The rescue boat worked with police to respond to the alert, but did not find any boats in distress The source of the flare was not located and police were continuing to investigate.
Coastguard president John Macphail said the weather had so far been benign, and looked to continue that way into the New Year.
He said as long as people observed basic boating rules – check weatehr forercasts, wear lifejackets everyone and carry some form of communication – everyone should stay safe on the water this holiday period.
He said people should not hesitate to call the emergency number if they were concerned about their own or others’ safety at sea.
Water traffic: It wasn’t just the main street that was thronged with vehicles over the weekend. Cruise ship Caledonian Sky is moored off the South Bay marina.