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We set off early to Tutukaka to join our boat for the Poor Knight Islands cruise. The weather was set perfect and we boarded to leave at 11.00 am. We were provided with wet suits and flippers (we had taken our own snorkels) with 30 on board we were less than half full so plenty of room for everyone. The journey was due to take about an hour but half way there we were blessed to have visitors - a pod of dolphins of at least 50 with young ones, followed by Gannets diving in for fish. ...
After a good night in a comfy bed we woke up and first thing to do for my parents was to repack the bags in order to have everything in place when we moved to the car.
They had chosen Go-Rentals for their rental car and the friendly team offered to drop the car by the hotel around 11am, so we still had two hours to get ready and have breakfast.
Denny's was just around the corner and for old time sake (from USA trips at least ten to twenty years ago) we went over and had a ...
... starting off for our final stop for the night at Ruakaka. Our pitch has breath-taking views of the ocean and the nearby river. We just had to take a stroll through the dunes to the beach to watch the waves crash onto the sand. Fynn and Vinnie had other bear-ideas of course, not wanting to get their fur wet was one of them, so they stayed behind to guard the van! The water, sadly, was cold but hey, it is the pacific so what would you ...
... and took that - taking advantage of our campervan we set up for the night at the top of this hill - hoping the farmer wouldn't be waking us up the next morning! Awoke to beautiful views of the sea and bay (surprise advantage of arriving in the dark) - we drove down to a nice campsite on the bay and set ourselves up for two ...
... encouraged by the fact that there was nothing poisonous in the waters, and the coral sharks are not aggressive.
So in we went - and man was it fantastic. Our guide was Jo, and she was great at pointing out all of the little things that we probably would have missed. Nudibrachs, which are no bigger than our thumb, were everywhere, and in such spectacular colours. I saw all sorts of cool fish, including scorpion fish. but no eels or rays. This first dive was ...