Akaroa, South Island

Trip Start Mar 31, 2004
Trip End Jul 14, 2005

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Wednesday, December 22, 2004

Akaroa is located on the Banks Peninsula and is themed like a small village in France. Those who found it were French. It is really picturesque with restaurants all the way along the waterfront and palm trees on the beaches.

The main thing to do in Akaroa is to go and see the Hector Dolphin. This is the smallest and rarest dolphin in the world and Thomas was obvioulsy really keen to see them. So we booked on to a swimming with dolphins tours just as watchers as the swimming was fully booked. We felt pretty stupid when we turned up and it was only the two of us who were watching and the rest were swimming but we headed out anyway. But it totally worked out for the best as when the swimmers jumped into the sea is was total chaos!! They couldn't see anything under the water and had no idea what direction to turn to see the dolphin. At the same time Thomas and I were on the boat getting a picture perfect view of all of the dolphins so we def felt quite smug!

After about an hour the weather started to take a big turn for the worse so we started to head back to shore. Thinking we would be better going underdeck (we were sitting outside on the top deck) Thomas went down to have a look and came back up looking a bit green! Everyone on the bottom deck was being sick!! So we thought it best to stay on the top deck where we got absolutely soaked and nearly blown overboard just to avoid the spewy people. It wisnae nice like!

Sorry there aren't really any photos of Akaroa, I forgot to get them put on to CD when having them developed, oops!

After Akaraoa it was on to Sumner Beach to celebrate old Saint Nick dropping by...

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