Nature fest of Attenborough-esque proportions
Trip Start Nov 14, 2010
83Trip End Nov 13, 2011
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When we got back Dad and Dawn were getting breakfast ready and over brekkie we gave Rob his presents and cards which he wasn’t expecting to get at all. Unfortunately the whale watching was cancelled. We were gutted but booked in to go the following morning in the hope that the weather would improve. Instead we set out to find seals that we had been told we could see easily on the shore. Dad had also been told about a palce where we could see baby seals. On the beach, adult seals slept on the rocks and in pools formed by the rocks adolescent seals were playing in the water.
A little further up the road we stopped to go and look at the Ohau Stream where the baby seals were
Two ladies who were volunteers were at the waterfall and gave us information about the land. The land is actually Maori land but they decided that this experience was too special and that people should be able to see it, so they work with the Department of conservation to make it accessible and also to ensure the animals safety. Again the pups were curious but you have to be careful as they have very sharp teeth
This more than made up for not being able to go whale watching. A birthday to remember for Rob
That evening we went into town for a birthday meal and the food was amazing. Rob and I had a huge bowl each of Marlborough mussels and Dad and Dawn had steaks. The biggest mussels I have ever seen! We had also decided on this particular pub because it was Essex Neil’s pub quiz night and we came to conquer!
At one point we were joint third and Dad and Rob had to down a couple of small pints to put us ahead. We ended up coming joint first! However they decided that in order to decide who would win the first prize of the $50 bar tab there was to be another downing a pint competition. Rob took the challenge but unfortunately was against well practiced gap year backpackers who basically do that every night. We didn’t really need a $50 bar tab anyway! We got a $25 bar tab, had another round of drinks and called it a night!
Thankfully the weather improved and the whale watching was on! The swell was still quite high so Dawn and I took some sea sickness tablets. The staff on the boat were great. Whilst the boat was moving we all had to remain seated and then when we got out to sea and the spot where they thought the whale would be we were able to get up and go outside and also help look for whales
While they were waiting for another one to surface we headed off to see a pod of dusky dolphins. It was the most incredible sight. Hundreds of dolphins were all swimming around the area. It was hilarious because it was like they were showing off to us. They were jumping and performing somersaults, flipping around and swimming alongside the boat. We stayed there for a while until the boat picked up another sonar reading and we headed off to see another sperm whale. Once it dove under we got to head back to the dolphins again and then w got to see another whale
Once we had had a spot of lunch we headed onto Blenheim so that we wouldn’t have too far to drive for the ferry the following day. Blenheim is a strange place, in fact a lot like other New Zealand towns. A little like they are stuck in a time warp. The town was empty as we walked in to the supermarket. I went to buy the shopping but wasn’t allowed as I didn’t have ID with me so I had to get Dad to buy it! I was quite chuffed really getting asked for Id at 29 years old! Happy days. The campsite gave us vouchers for dinner at a strange little bar/restaurant/bookies across the road and it turned out to be absolutely delicious.