You can do just about any activity imaginable in New Zealand. The campsite where I'm writing this blog, for example, has leaflets advertising diving, surfing (including kite and sand), skydiving, kayaking, golf, dolphin cruises, sailing, natural history trips, rock climbing, quad biking, horse trekking, caving, helicopter or light aeroplane flights, ten-pin bowling, paintball and lazer combat. And that's without all the cultural and arts and craft activities. Just about the only thing I haven't seen is caterpillar riding - but maybe I just haven't been looking hard enough. Sometimes it seems that just about everyone in New Zealand must be involved in delivering one sort of activity or another.
We've done our bit to support this industry. Whale watching, train and helicopter rides, hiking, bus and boat trips, nature tours are just some of the things that we've done. And yesterday we went sea kayaking to Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula. Fortunately the sun was shining and the sea was calm so we had a great time.
So what next? Visit a model of the Marsden Point Oil Refinery? Fantastic! Sign me up!
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