From Queenstown we board a luxurious coach which takes us to Lake Manapouri pier for a connection boat trip, at the end of which go on the journey via a different coach before we reach the cruise ship. It is a sunny and warm day. Not long after we are all settled on the ship hot soup is served.Then the ship sets sail.
We can see seals on the coastal rocks. We are shown special species of plantations as well as moss on sides of the hills. Then there are activities like canoeing. I go on a boat ride to get close to the plantations. It has been raining after the ship sets sail and it gets quite heavy sometimes. The girl who takes us for this boat ride provides us with interesting information on the plants, such as one that has evolved over the years just to escape from Moas which, before distinction, fed on them, into some beyond recognition. As the rain gets heavier, with raindrops hitting on the ocean right beside us, it has become so romantic. But we have to go back to the ship just when I’m immersed in this wonderful atmosphere.
Shortly after we are back to the ship, buffet dinner is served. The food is not only delicious but with lots of variety. The desserts are incredibly mouthwatering and again of a great assortment.
After dinner, some crew members run a session on the environment we are in – with different kinds of birds to different kinds of plants – which serves a knowledgeable lesson for us.
I retire to bed all exhausted after such an exciting and enjoyable day.