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  1. Wow! Looks awesome! James and I did a day trip on a yacht around the bay of Islands last January – we didn’t see any dolphins but it was still amazing!

    1. Yes – it’s lovely up there: we had a blast. Did you hire your own yacht and sail around, or was it crewed?

  2. Great write up…this looks like solid mix of relaxation and adventure.

    1. It is. Worth heading up there for the weekend, but best if you make it part of a bigger Northland trip.

      We haven’t seen you for a while, mate. Going well?

    1. Hi Kelsey, great to see you again 🙂

      I (Craig) have been diving a little further south at the Poor Knights, but never up here. I’m guessing it’d be pretty special. Were you there in summer or winter? What kind of fish were around?

      1. Oh, I was confusing Poor Knights with Bay of Islands when it came to marine life. I did dive in the Bay of Islands on the Rainbow Warrior though. That’s a pretty cool wreck dive with an interesting history, but not as much life.

        Have you ever dove in Milford Sound? Black coral and cool life there.

  3. Looks like a well-balanced trip. Fun yet relaxing. W wouldn’t mind being in New Zealand right about now!

    1. It was… There was time to just chat with people over a glass of wine, and time to go hiking (and swimming if the weather wasn’t so cold!). Great overnighter 🙂

      Today would be a good day to come; we’re on a strange weather pattern this year and have had lots of rain to start summer. Apparently it’s going to start drying up and heating up pretty soon.