Swimming with sharks and visiting eco sanctuaries.

Stephen was so excited when he researched things to do in the area of Napier and found out that they have an aquarium. Henry loves aquariums. But what got Stephen excited was he found out that you could swim with the sharks.

He booked himself in to swim with the sharks at 3pm so we had time to pack up our bags, check out of our hotel, walk around a local market and then drive over to the aquarium. We walked around the place first and saw all the cool fish, turtles and they even had a kiwi bird there.

 He was a bit nervous going down into the water because these sharks were big! They had 3 big boys and 1 large lady and then lots of smaller sharks.

But as soon as he got into the water he was fine.

Henry and I was watching him through the glass. And Henry very proudly told everyone that came to watch that it was his daddy in the tank.

Stephen said that the shark swam straight towards you but they didn’t really bother you.

 Today we are in Wellington and we went to a eco sanctuary. It was a place that tried to turn back time. They had fenced in an area and created a sanctuary for native birds inside it. They had taken out all the animals that were not native, i.e. rats, cats, mice etc.  And all the trees. They have introduced birds to the area that are very rare and they seem happy to be there. All the birds are growing in numbers, the trees are growing and are happy and it is a lovely place to walk around in.

They say it is a 500-year plan to bring it back to what it was before people from different part of the world came and ruined it but it is looking good.

 It rained and poured again today, not the nicest but we were kind of covered in the woods. I hope for better weather tomorrow though as we are traveling to the south island on a ferry in the morning.

Henry was so excited to find Bruce from "finding Nemo" there.
Henry was so excited to find Bruce from “finding Nemo” there.
How cute are these!
How cute are these!
The happiest fish in the sea!
The happiest fish in the sea!
Smile Henry....
Smile Henry….
SHARK!!!
SHARK!!!
Stephen in the tank
Stephen in the tank
There were also two big rays there.
There were also two big rays there.
It looks like he took a bite of his leg, but he didn't.
It looks like he took a bite of his leg, but he didn’t.
And his head!
And his head!

A Tui
A Tui
A Kakariki
A Kakariki
A Kaka
A Kaka
A Tuatara
A Tuatara
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