A Travellerspoint blog

June 2012

Florence & the Machine and Whale Watching

An awesome week in Auckland!

sunny 17 °C

June 1st brought the first day of winter but it was so unlike a winter's day back home in the UK...the sky was blue, the sun was shining and it was 17 degrees. A very good start to the long weekend for the Queen's birthday here in NZ.
This week we have been quite busy. On Monday we headed into the city, to Vector Arena, to see Florence & the Machine, an absolutely brilliant night. Her voice is totally made for singing live at a gig and she had the audience completely at her beck and call! Thursday night found us having dinner with Gerald's sister Jenni as she was in Auckland for work. Saturday night Gerald and I went our separate ways - he went off to watch his team, The Chiefs, win yet again with our friend Darren and his 2 boys Oscar & Ethan. I, on the other hand, opted to go for a delicious dinner in Mission Bay with Darren's wife Cheryl and another colleague from work Liz - a much warmer, cosier option!
Instead of an easter egg for Gerald this year I took advantage of a GrabOne deal getting two tickets for less than the price of one for the Auckland Whale & Dolphin Safari. Today we woke up, the sun was shining and the wind was non existant so we decided to book ourselves onto the boat. I think we chose the most perfect day possible! The captain of the ship said that days as calm as this can be counted on one hand over the course of a year! We were both very pleased about this as neither of us are boat lovers and have both been known to feel more than a bit queasy on previous trips out to sea.
So we set off on calm waters in search of dolphins and whales in the Hauraki Gulf...
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Our first wildlife encouter was with a couple of little blue penguins, very cute and also very hard to capture on camera!
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It was probably about an hour and a half in before we found our first pod of dolphins. From that moment all you could hear were cameras clicking away all around! Of course Gerald and I were also taking photos madly.
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Not long after that a fishing boat told us that they had seen a whale in the area just 20 minutes ealier. We headed off in the direction the whale was going, the Coromandel Pennisular. It took some time but we eventually tracked him down. The biggest clue to his whereabouts was the enormous numbers of gannets bomb diving into the sea. We slowed down as we approached the area and within a short time we saw the cloud of water spout from the whale and then he surfaced.
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This process was repeated several times before he decided to head off and leave us.
We started the journey back home as the sun was beginning to get low in the sky.
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In the distance there were a few more whales blowing clouds of water into the sky but we didn't quite manage to get as close up to this lot.
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As we got closer to the harbour the sun set and a big, beautiful, pink moon began to rise, trying to get a good shot whilst on a boat was pretty much impossible but I had a go!
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A brilliant and highly recommended way to spend a day in Auckland.

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