The next morning we were off on the Marlborough Sounds again, this time altogether on a bigger boat searching for dolphins! Which we found, a pod of around 40! As we were in their home, we waited for them to express interest in us, and after their first priority (hunting food!) they were happy to play and swim with us without reward – they really are amazing, social creatures. It was an incredible experience interacting with the dolphins in their natural habitat where it was entirely up to them whether they wanted to swim with us or not. After our swim and just barely getting on board the ferry with our kiwi pies for lunch, we were off back to Wellington.
Early last Saturday morning, the Wellington students headed off on their Adventure Weekend. We crossed the Cook Strait on the ferry to Picton – a picturesque little town at the top of the South Island. When we arrived, the weather was pretty shoddy but we hopped into some kayaks and paddled out to the Marlborough Sounds. Within minutes the weather cleared up, the water was like glass and it was a beautiful day, made even more beautiful by some tough male NZ Fur Seals! After a few hours kayaking and learning about the Marlborough region from our local guides, our arms were starting to tire. That evening we went to the famous Herzog family winery for wine tasting and a delicious 3-course meal at their Michelin-starred restaurant. We enjoyed a talk about the insightful history of the winery from Therese Herzog.