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As today is basically another transit day Cheryl has let me do this blog. It should only about an hour from Rotorua to Whakatane so there was no rush. Whatatane is on the north coast of New Zealand with nothing really north of it apart from thousands of miles of the Pacific Ocean. So it was an easy start to the day with the car packed by 9:30. We …
... Steve abandoned me half way through and went to sit at the back as he preferred to be in the fresh air. Suddenly the driver/ captain turned the boat towards the right and said he'd seen a pod of dolphins feeding. So we went out and amazingly a huge pod of dolphins appeared and just swam and jumped alongside the boat. There were mothers and young swimming by and you would think the young were attached by invisible thread as they were in perfect unison travelling at an amazing speed. ...
... by Captain Cook. The active volcano rated 2 on the five point scale ( the higher the more active and dangerous) causes a constant stream of steam and smoke to billow from its crater and visible from many miles away. Passengers were given hard hats and masks to protect agains the sulphurous gases. The boat had an inflatable raft with outboard motor. We boarded the inflatable in groups of ten or so passengers and were taken to the island ...
Next shock: they run a paper-based system! Paper based - as in the same system used by the dinosaurs in the prehistoric ages. I was told I would need to 'hand-write' in patient notes... seriously!? The thought alone is terrifying. I'm surely going to be found to be incompetent in no time at all because I can't spell - because I don't ...
Before leaving Gisborne we went up to the Kaiti look out which is located on top of a hill in the town. We could look down on Poverty Bay and on the port which was full of logs waiting to be shipped out. Close to the port we passed a memorial commemorating Captain Cook's first landing in New Zealand. We also went to visit a small village near to Gisborne where Sue's dad spent much of his childhood. The evening before Lois had told us that it was difficult to see the ...