February 3rd 2020

Today I kayaked, surfed, and dove. I started the day in Kaiteriteri, on the outskirts of the Abel Tasman National Park in New Zealand. We were picked up outside the hostel at 8am, and driven up the coast to the Kuha Kayak base.

Jim and I shared a kayak, and together we paddled along the Pacific ocean.

Handily, back home Jim is a professional kayak instructor, and has trained kids who have gone on to represent Team GB in kayaking at the Olympic and World Championships, so he was a more than capable boat mate. So capable, in fact, that we paddled the distance to Kaiteriteri faster than anyone normally does, so the instructor/guide we were with extended our trip and showed us an island where some playful New Zealand Fur Seals (which are actually sea lions they’re just named incorrectly) were showing off in the water.

After we were done kayaking, the bus picked us up and drove us towards our next destination: Westport.

On the way there, though, we stopped at the Nelson lakes for a swim.

It was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. A crystal lake puddled between idyllic mountains. The water wasn’t that cold, so we went for a swim. There was even a platform from which you could dive into the water — so naturally we did. There’s a good video of our dive that my phone’s 3G is not going to be strong enough to upload, but maybe I’ll remember to add it here later.

It was a Monday at 2pm and I was swimming among the most unimaginably beautiful scenery. Monday’s don’t get much better than that.

Also, by the end of today I’ll have had a surfing lesson, but I’m writing this on the bus on the way to our next destination of Westport, because I have a feeling I’m going to be too tired (and drunk) later to be able to give today’s blog the detail it deserves.

Until tomorrow, what a day.


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