The Bay of Islands

There’s no better way to spend a day in New Zealand than sailing and that’s exactly what I did. The first half of my day was spent looking for dolphins and the other half was spend sailing among the 144 islands of the Bay of Islands on a genuine sailboat.

In the morning, I boarded the Dolphin Discoveries boat and we cruised around the Bay of Islands looking for dolphins. Finally, we came across a pod and for those who were keen they could jump in and swim with the dolphins. For whatever reason I didn’t get in and I’m regretting it a little bit, but there’s nothing I can do about it now and if I’m lucky maybe I’ll get the chance again someday.

Around lunch time, the sun finally came out and it started warming up. The Dolphin Discoveries dropped our group off in Otehei Bay where we were served a barbecue lunch of traditional New Zealand dishes. Our remaining time in the bay was spent lying in the sun by the shore. It was almost too good to be true lying there in paradise.

The rest of the afternoon was spent aboard the Lion New Zealand, an 80 foot racing yacht. It was built specifically for the 1985/1986 Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race and it’s the winner of the 1984 Sydney to Hobart race. I’ve never been sailing before, but I’ve go to say that it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. There really is some kind of unearthly beautfy to flying over the water.

The Bay of Islands, New Zealand is one of the most spectacular places I’ve ever been to in the world. The city of Paihai, in particular, is a quaint little fishing town full of character that is perfect for exploring the Bay of Islands from. I hope someday I may get the chance to return.

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