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... 5 years old. Their future is not too rosy because of all the predators. There are about 70,000 left in the wild so they are doing better than the Takehe but still pretty bad. Anyway we went out to explore the heritage centre. This is where timing was a bit off, it looks like they have a miniature railway club and there are tracks all round the park with a beautiful restored full size station but only run on the last Sunday in the month, shame looks good, Chassen road meets NZ. We ...
What a great day we had today!
It started off with a boat trip through the Bay of Islands. The weather was lovely and we took up a position on the top deck of the boat to make sure we had a good view.
It wasn't long before our skipper found and took us to a pod of dolphins frolicking in the bay. For a while the boat was surrounded and it was just amazing to see these gorgeous creatures so close. There was even a ...
... to head up to the lookout at one of the highest points in the island. The views were just incredible, across all the islands dotted around. It was how I imagine it would be like being in Fiji or some other incredible tropical island. By this point it was midday and we decided to get into the wetsuits and go for a snorkel in the lagoon. Unfortunately, to reach the lagoon, one first had to negotiate the jaggy rocks. This didn’t go so well, especially as I ...
... reception so bad you could not use. Had to pay for wifi but did not work half the time anyway. Theme nights, while we were there hot dog night but when we asked when and where, the answer was "oh, we're not having tonight. it went on and on but still a beautifull area and we took the bus to Cape Reigna and went sand boarding. Of course Gary went down without incident, not me, I came off 3/4 ...
... colors of the water were so vibrant they almost seemed fake. It was absolutely beautiful! After lunch we headed for the Pacific Ocean and a place known as The Hole in the Rock. This massive island has a cave worn completely through it. The captain was able to safely guide our vessel through the hole which was nothing short of spectacular! Equally interesting was the lighthouse that sits at the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula. ...