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Cathedral Cove and Surrounding Islands Boat Tour – Day 31

2 August 2010 No Comment

Wednesday 27th April 2005

Whitianga is a lovely, picturesque place, with much to see all about. I wanted to get a better idea of where I was, and so to achieve this, I booked a boat trip around the cove. It seemed like it could be a nice relaxing day out, so I was looking forward to it.

I awoke this morning to a loud crash. Actually, this didn’t happen, and I awoke just like any other morning. Once awake, the day truly began.

There was a girl in this hostel whom I had previously met in Taupo, and I spent a while chatting to her in the morning, swapping ideas about what to do and where to go. She explained about bone carving, which sounded like something I might be interested in, but not today. Today I wanted to take a boat ride around Cathedral Cove and surrounding islands, and this is exactly what I did.

Click Image For Larger ViewI had to go to the information office in town to book the ride, but once sorted, I made my way to where the boat was waiting, and hopped on board to grab a good seat. I wasn’t sure what was a good seat, so I grabbed a chair that was near the rear of the boat, thus enabling me to see everything we pass. I glanced over the small boat and recognised a lady with her daughter who were also staying at the hostel I was at. I think they were French.

Click Image For Larger ViewThe boat trip was smooth and calm, and the water reflected the sunlight, although we were protected from the sun’s rays from above due to the tarpaulin roof of the vessel. Many beautiful beaches passed by my field of vision, some seemingly impossible to reach by foot, others playing host to a party of tourists warming their feet on the sun-baked sand.

Click Image For Larger ViewThere were many rock faces pointed out to us along the way, some resembling objects or people, and looked uncanny. There was a water guardian and a sinking ship among the best examples. You had to look hard sometimes to imagine what others could see clearly, but eventually the rock forms took shape and the figures emerged.

Click Image For Larger ViewFurther into the trip we happened upon a lonely seal taking a nap in the sunshine. He was perched high on a rock, and seemed completely disinterested with us as we encroached on his space. After admiring the lazy seal for a short while, we set out again and rounded the last of the islands to arrive back at the starting point, passing some incredible rocks and coves along the way. It was all very nice, and I wanted to visit some of the beaches seen today at some point. I hoped I would get the chance.

After the trip, I nipped to the supermarket for some dinner. As I left, the French lady with her daughter came in and we said hello again. I wondered if she was following me around. She seemed very friendly, and her daughter was so sweet. In the evening after dinner, I spent much of the evening talking to the French lady. She has a lot to tell about what has happened in her life, but has a beautiful 3 year old daughter to show for it all, who by now was getting a little impatient with the lack of attention.

It was a nice day today, very relaxing and quite interesting. It is a lovely place here in Whitianga.

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