Orcas turn heads in Pukerua Bay

00:03, Dec 03 2013
Kapiti orca
A small pod of orcas have a wild time off the Kapiti Coast.
Kapiti orca
Orcas frolic just off the coast in Pukerua Bay.
Kapiti orca
People have pulled over their cars and are going crazy for the orcas, which are ardding to the view of Kapiti Island.
Kapiti orca
Orcas. Just hanging out in Pukerua Bay.
Kapiti orca
A human cops an eyeful of some orcas, which splash about obliviously.

A small pod of orcas brought traffic to a halt on State Highway 1 near Pukerua Bay, north of Wellington and even caused several accidents as drivers gawked.

The four orca could be seen playing only metres off shore from about 9.30am, bringing large crowds to the scenic Centennial Highway between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki.

Police said accidents had occurred from drivers looking at the orcas and not the cars in front of them.

The side of the road was packed with cars and people hoping to catch a glimpse of the orca, which came as close as 20m from the shore.

Some people were parking next to SH1 and leaping the median barrier to see the orca before they swam away.

The orcas can still be seen heading north along the shore towards Paekakariki.

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