Orcas turn heads in Pukerua Bay
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.
- The Dominion Post