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... Milford Sound is home to species of Black Coral usually found at depths of 500m or more, including magnificent 300 year old 'trees'. BLACK is the skeletal colour, the growing coral looks like a pretty white fern.
Lots of interesting fish stared at us, who were captive inside. We were told it is the opposite of an aquarium as the fish were free ranging and we were ...
... has so much geothermal activity and sulfur released into the atmosphere that the whole town smells abit like ****! But you get used to it after a couple of hours and it's not a problem really.
Our days there were spent visiting the local cultural sights such as, Whakarewarewa Thermal Village, (a living Maori thermal village with geysers,hot springs and mud pools) and The Rotorua museum, as well as trails and hikes around the forests. ...
... did a few times. I did try singing a few tunes down my snorkle but still I think it needs work lol. Still it was an amazing experience and looks like an awesome job too just taking people out all day to see dolphins.
That left us with a drive to Marlborough a well known wine region where we had time for some wine tasting and some quality food before we finally got our ferry to the North Island. 3.5 weeks and some 3500kms. It was sad to be leaving the south but an adventure in the north ...
... Hill and Clearview wineries and then headed south to the next wine-growing region of Martinborough. The boutique wineries here were much smaller and family-run, but this only added to the appeal of the area.
[Liz]: And so after tasting as much wine as we possibly could (especially as Rich was designated driver!) we headed to our last stop in the North Island - the capital of New Zealand - Wellington. The city certainly lived up to its nick-name 'Windy ...
... big. Some family friends came, Jared, James and Chanz and Paula and Al surprised us as well which was lovely. I'll be really sad to leave Andrew's family, they've all been so welcoming and kind to me while I've been here. Lots of people are planning visits though so we've got things to look forward to.
We're just about to leave for the airport to head away from New Zealand. We're all feeling really sad and don't really want to say all the goodbyes!
Next stop ...
TravelPod Member ReviewsWaikawa Lodge North Island
Southern most point of South Island of New Zealand
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