About a week before I managed to get an appointment with Max Fecondo before he disappeared back to Australia and collected a cool little shark tattoo from him.
A few days later and we were out to Lower Hutt to see a super cool busker circus. The kids loved it. It was brilliant to enjoy a circus which was zero animal but maximum entertainment. It had such a super Kiwi feel to it too, the whole 'outdoor entertainment, pay what you can afford' seems pretty commonplace and I really like it. Alfie loves doing his 'tricks' at the moment, and he came away from here just wanting to do more and more!
My birthday was on the Monday - I got cake!
And then the following weekend I was out on a boat to the famous 'trench' to catch fish. Called the trench because the seismic activity has created a massive drop off which goes down to around 1000 metres! For my liking the boat was a little overcrowded, and this meant that when I had a big fish on it was brought aboard further down the boat and was dealt with before I had any chance to see it close up or get a photo. However, it was awesome - simply for watching dolphins play in the boats bow wave, and getting to watch a sperm whale splash about. The biggest fish I caught was the Hapuka (Groper), and you can see from the photo of them in the crate that they were a damn good size!
Fuck Seaworld, nothing beats seeing these incredible creatures in their natural environment.