Neil and Laura's 2005 Adventure travel blog

Male fur seal posing

Hector's Dolphin - smallest in the world

Looking over to Ship Cove (where Captain Cook anchored in 1770) in...

View from Motuara Island - tiny boat in centre is our lift...

Looking east towards North Island - see why it's called the Land...

Looking over Motuara to the mouth of the Sound and Cook Strait

Coats required - having to dodge squalls on this trip - but...

On the deck of the InterIsland Ferry

Last view of Picton and South Island from the ferry

Leaving Marlborough Sound into the open water of Cook Strait

Lucky sighting of Common Dolphins alongside the ferry

Approaching the ferry terminal in Wellington harbour

Back down to the coast at Kaikoura, we pull up for a break at a beach outside the town and are rewarded with a massive display of acrobatics by a pod of Dusky Dolphins offshore in the bay. We retrace our previous steps to Blenheim and then on to Picton.

The town is dominated by the ferry terminal but is located in beautiful Marlborough Sound with its many bays and inlets. We take a guided cruise around the Sound and a walk on a protected island called Motuara which has been cleared of predators and is used to breed threatened native species of birds and amphibians - including kiwis and blue penguins. We also see seals and Hector's Dolphins in the Sound - unique to New Zealand and the smallest dolphins in the world.

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