Marlborough Sounds? Sounds good to me!!!
26.06.2013 - 01.07.2013 18 °C
Helllooooo everyone! I am currently in Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand!! I left the beautiful Island of Nadi, Fiji on June 26th at 8:45 am and flew with Air Pacific for 3 hours to land at the airport in Auckland at 11:45 am, where I had a 3 hour and 35 minute layover. Then I departed Auckland at 3:20 pm and flew for 1 hour and 25 minutes with Air New Zealand to arrive at Blenheim Airport near Marlborough at 4:45 pm on June 26th. The one-way flight with the 1 layover took me the 2,673.6 km from Fiji to New Zealand and cost $481. So, I am here in New Zealand and I will be here until July 1st. I am staying at the blissful Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds which is an adventurers PARADISE and also $420 a night...... The resort itself is very unique and calming, and it is so great to return here after a busy day of adventuring. Here's a few pics of the resort:
So, today is June 29th, it is my third full-day here, and I am currently sitting on the deck of my 1-bedroom apartment drinking a nice cup of tea and enjoying the morning. I felt like now was a good time to update you guys on what i've been doing here! I got here on June 26th at 4:45 pm and I was pretty tired from the long trek so I got some food at the restaurant and went straight to sleep once I got to my room. On June 27th, my first full-day here, I felt ready to go adventuring!! So I decided to try out the guided kayak trip to visit the Salmon Farm in the neighbouring Ruakaka Bay and lunch at Ratimera Beach. It is also available to use one of the sea kayaks from the resort and go adventuring on your own, but I was really afraid of getting lost, so I thought I best stick with the guided tour. It was a lot of work to get to Ruakaka bay, especially since I don't have the strongest arms, but the scenery on the journey's there and back was so incredible it distracted me from my tired arms. Here are some pictures from that day:
The Kayaking was tons of fun!! On June 28th, I decided to work out my legs and not my arms..... I went bush walking in the amazing forests around the resort. There are several trails that lead out from the resort that take you through the 52 hectares of private bush, alive with native birds and animals. Again, the scenery was just breathtaking and I saw so many neat birds!!! On the way back from the bush walk, as it was getting dark, some of the staff were out escorting people to see the glow worms!! The glow worms were beyond cool!! They produced like a natural light show in the forest and it was like nothing i've ever seen! Here are some photos from my day yesterday:
Okay, so that is everything that i have done so far during my stay in the Marlborough Sounds. Today I am planning on experiencing cultural tourism at its best by visiting the Bay of Mystery and visiting an island bird sanctuary called Oruawairua!!
By the way, if you ever visit New Zealand you have got to try the Pavlova. Pavlova is a dessert made of meringue, whipped cream, and fruit. It is really light and airy but very tasty and originated in New Zealand!
OH, one last thing!! The people in New Zealand call themselves "kiwis"!! Just thought I would share that with you guys... I thought it was really interesting!! Okay, I'm gonna go now!! I will talk to you when I reach my next stop in Melbourne, Australia!! Peace out guys!