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Jeremy in a wetsuit!

This was to be our last stop before heading back to Christchurch and on to Sydney, so we were a bit sad.  The time has gone so quickly in NZ!

We arrived at our Hostel in good time after a 4 hour journey from Kaikoura and went into Akoroa.  Akoroa is on the Banks Peninsular - which is basically a huge natural harbour formed by a volcanic explosion thousands of years ago.  It has many french street names due to the French landing and colonising the area and although it claims a lot of French influence, it is a bit more like a more quiet version of Dartmouth (and that is meant as a compliment!).

Jeremy went on a "swimming with dolphins" trip (beware those of a nervous disposition when if you look at the photos of his face underwater and in a wetsuit in general!).

On our way out to sea!
  It was amazing - swimming with a pod of Hectors Dolphins (the smallest sea-leaving dolphins in the world) for 45 minutes as they swam around the group of 10 swimmers.  The dolphins came very close indeed, although the bacteria contained on a humnan is apparently very harmful (or so they told us!) so no-one could make physical contact with them.  Although there was very low visibility in the water (although it looked so emerald and clear), underwater and wearing a mask Jeremy was able to see the dolphins come to within a couple of feet and look him directly in the eye - which apparently is very common in dolphin behaviour.  It was an unforgettable experience.

Sadly, the weather didn't hold and the following day we headed back to Christchurch for the final 4 days in the rain! 

 

**Photos to be updated soon!**

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Jeremy in a wetsuit!
Jeremy in a wetsuit!
On our way out to sea!
On our way out to sea!
Dolpins!
Dolpins!
Dolpins!
Dolpins!
The boat - Akoroa
The boat - Akoroa
Part of a dolpin!
Part of a dolpin!
Part of a dolpin!
Part of a dolpin!
Part of a dolpin!
Part of a dolpin!
Part of a dolpin!
Part of a dolpin!
The scariest creature in the water…
The scariest creature in the wate…
Did someone say that there was a …
"Did someone say that there was a…
Dolphin!
Dolphin!
Dolphin!
Dolphin!
Dolphin!
Dolphin!
Pukeka - although erica calls them…
Pukeka - although erica calls the…
Akoroa Harbour
Akoroa Harbour
Akoroa Harbour
Akoroa Harbour
Sun over Akoroa
Sun over Akoroa
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photo by: Besandri