Bay Sands Seafront Studios
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We check in for the cruise at 09:00 am and, thankfully, the weather is looking promising.
We set off at 09:30, by which time the weather is dramatically improving and the sun shining.....hurray! We have an amazing day within the first hour we have seen several pods of dolphins and the scenery is simply stunning.
At lunch time we …
It's still raining and the wind still howling when we wake up!
We decide to take the ferry to Russell and, thankfully, byt the time we have bought our ferry tickets, the rain has stopped and the sun is trying to come out! We stroll around Russell all morning and have lunch at the Swordfish Club. Early afternoon we return to Paihia and …
We wake to pouring rain and strong winds. TV news tells us that we are suffering from the side effects of an anticyclone which is passing close by the top end of North Island and will be around for a couple of days....not such good news!
We decide to heads to the Waitangi Celebrations so we dress in shorts and waterproof jackets and set …
We travel via a circuitous route to the Bay of Islands. The weather is somewhat cloudy but warm. By the time we eventually get to Paihia (pronounced "Pie Here" !) the clouds are building and it is starting to rain. We check into the motel which is in a perfect location overlooking the sea and a swimming beach! Paihia is very busy as it's the first …
... to swim with them again, even with the knowledge that the water would be as cold as ice cream! Grace didn’t care. Mike took Grace down to register our names, whilst I found our seats at the back of the boat where the horizon was prominent to reduce any seasickness! Not long after I had got settled down with Alice and Phoebe, a distraught and tearful Grace appeared, wailing how she was too young to swim with the Dolphins as she had to be 12 years old, and how ...