Today, our first day of our cruise, was spent by getting acquainted with either the ship or the land! Some of us stayed behind to recuperate from the extended travel and difficult time changes while others headed out to experience the land. The tours our guests had joined for the day included a drive away from the coast, allowing the guides to tell us about what we saw along the roadsides, teaching us about the history of the area and the Maori people. We learned so much about Kiwis today! The people, the fruit and the bird!
There were two different tours today. Some of us visited the movie sites of the Lord of the Rings movies, and others visited the geo-thermal area, learning more about the Ring of Fire and the tectonically active structures around New Zealand. It was especially interesting considering the recent volcanic activity on White Island, off the coast of Tauranga.