Swimming with the masters

Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
Trip End Apr 09, 2006

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Tuesday, September 6, 2005

We took the hostel mountain bikes to the test this morning. We cycled by the Bay along the highway, up and down many many hills too see some local countryside and waterfalls. New Zealand so far has a very amicable climate, its approx 15 degrees celcius and a slight wind, sun is almost always in the sky.....so far......

After a rapid lunch we take a boat tour with "Kings" out into the Bay. The captain of the ship provides some commentary on the 144 islands in the Bay, together with info on the local dolphins, whales and other marine life in the Bay.

We stopped within the Bay to watch three bottlenose dolphins swimming. Those who wished could go jump in and swim around with the dolphins. Ad, clad in two pairs of wet suits, a pair of woolie socks and flippers, jumps in. It was a fantastic experience and they provided a great welcome to their world. They sound quiet loud when in the water with them and seem much bigger when they brush past at 90 miles an hour!

Some of the crew inform us of their tragic tour that very morning; along the coast of NZ in the Pacific Ocean the boat tours were watching two dolphins swimming around quiet distressed, after some time, the boat tried to depart, only to discover that a baby dolphin had got tangled in a bhoy rope and had consequently died.

After some time dolphin watching we sailed further into the Pacific to view "The Hole in the Rock". This is a large rock, just off the mainland, where erosion of the sea has worn a hole right through the rock. There is also a cave and a sea-stack to be seen at the same rock - just like the photos in geography class! However, before we reach the famous NZ rock we spot a Southern Right Whale swimming casually along the shore. He's amazing to watch, apparently they are extremely rare in the Bay. One of the crew, in 17 years going out into the bay had never seen one before! After boating through the "Hole in the Rock", we spot some seals basking in the sun.
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