07.02.2019 - 07.02.2019
Blogging takes time. I’m almost falling asleep now. So I will try and do this one quickly.
Rained quite heavy during the night and was very cloudy when we woke up. Went to breakfast and it started to rain again, not heavily though.
Made the most of the laundry facilities this morning.
Arrived at the Pier for our trip this afternoon. We decided to go onto the top deck as it wasn’t raining. It was very rough in places and we all got quite wet from the sea spray. Then in between it rained. We were told from the outset that we would not be going to The Hole in the Rock. A big sigh from everyone. They had tried in the morning and not been able to get anywhere near due to the bad weather. It was just too dangerous.
The crew spotted a shark but it didn’t hang around. It we did see lots of dolphins. I tried to video them but it was quite choppy.. I had hoped to get something but it was rubbish! I managed to get 2 small dolphins but very distant. 😣
Had a tour of some of the Islands, so many of them. We were taken to Urupukapuka Island for lunch, a barbecue type but indoors due to the weather. The sun did come out for at least 5mins.
Pests have been eradicated from the island and birds have been introduced there with great success.
Zane Grey who I mentioned earlier was a great fisherman and was invited by the NZ Government to show people how to fish mainly for Marlin. He fell in love with New Zealand and built a lodge on the Island. There were many famous people who came to visit over the years. He died in 1939.
Anyway it’s a beautiful place and I can only imagine what it would feel like to be here in glorious weather. We would have had the option of kayaking, walks and swimming. We did have our costumes on, being forever optimistic. Even the crew were shivering. We are hoping that we do not luck out on any future tours we have planned. We have not been lucky with the weather so far.
Back on dry land. Shower, change. Walked to town. This time for an Indian meal at ‘Green’s’. It made a change from the usual menu of fish & chips, burger etc.
Bedtime now. 💤💤