Maoris, sun, and sailing

Volunteering in New Zealand - Rebecca Shinners:

Maoris, sun, and sailing

Today we drove to a town called Otaki, home primarily to the indigenous Maori people, and their university. We got a history lesson, and did some work tree releasing in their wetlands. For lunch, the staff bought us 10 pounds of chips (french fries). It was awesome. Except I accidentally discovered a wasp nest and am now a little swollen up. But this gave Tani and I an excuse to wander around the town in search of an antihistamine.

Once we got back to Lower Hutt, we quickly changed, packed up dinner, and went on an amazing sailing adventure. Terry took us out on Wellington Harbor. I even got to steer! And we learned all about the sails, etc. but I wasn’t listening all that hard. We anchored by this pretty island and ate dinner watching the sun set. Then we got to see all the city lights from the water at night, tons of stars, and even the full moon rise. I also got a mini astronomy lesson. By the end it was windy and cold, but still worth it. I have tons of pictures.

Tomorrow is a long hike checking possum traps. Interesting. I’m going to try to go down to the south island next weekend!

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