By the end of Day #3, you have seen a lot of the north island of New Zealand. Hopefully you have enjoyed it and you’re excited for the next phase of your journey – the ferry trip across the Cook Strait from the bottom of the north island to the top of the south island. You will spend the next two days exploring the south island before you head back up to Auckland, via Wellington (the capital city of New Zealand).
Activity 1: When you arrive in the south island, Curious Kiwi rents a shuttle van and drives your group from Picton (the town where the ferry dropped you off) to a beautiful beach on the opposite side of the island. The beach area is called Golden Bay and, at one end of the bay, is a stunning area called Farewell Spit.
Farewell Spit has been in the news recently as a number of whales accidentally swam into the spit and became stuck on the beach. They were unable to swim back to the ocean because the water was too shallow. Many local people tried to save the ‘beached’ whales. Please follow this Farewell Spit link to learn more about what happened. On your blog, describe what the local people did to try and save the beached whales.
The local people …
- Poured heaps of water onto the whales to help them stay alive
- Tried pushing them back into the ocean
- Dug holes for them to try to swim back into the ocean
- Put wet towels to keep them nice and wet
The local people did all they could to help the whales
Activity 2: After a morning of learning about beached whales in Golden Bay, you and your group are driven to a nearby town, Nelson, to watch a special movie called ‘Whale rider.’ It is a famous movie about a young girl who was born and raised in New Zealand. Watch the following movie trailers for Whale Rider: Whale Rider trailer #1 and Whale Rider Trailer #2 and then write a summary of the movie on your blog. What is it about? Be sure to also give the movie a rating out of 5 based on the trailer [1 = bad movie, 2 = okay movie, 3 = pretty good, 4 = good movie, 5 = excellent movie].
This movie is a about a young girl born in Nz. She came from a family filled with chiefs. Since she comes from a line of chiefs (all chiefs should be a boy) she breaks the line and her papa thought and said that she ruined everything because she came out as a girl. Now she has to prove to her papa that she is capable of being a chief and also that girls can do anything. (and to gain his trust in her, and to get her papa to love and respect her)
What I thought
I think that this movie is very encouraging for people out there and I think that its a great movie. I will definitely watch this movie and see what happens next.
I will definitely rate this movie a 5 = excellent movie
When ‘Whale Rider’ finishes, you and your tour group enjoy a delicious meal in downtown Nelson before heading back to your hotel. You need to go to bed early because you have to get up at 4:30 a.m. the next morning to travel back to Farewell Spit to see a group (pod) of Hector’s Dolphins. It is going to be an early morning!
Bonus Activity: Hector’s dolphins are a very special native animal found only in New Zealand. They are the smallest dolphin in the world measuring 1.5 metres long and they are quite rare. Sadly, many Hector’s dolphins are killed every year when they get caught in large fishing nets and can’t escape. Some people have argued that fishermen shouldn’t be allowed to fish in Farewell Spit in order to protect the dolphins living there. What do you think? On your blog, tell us whether you think that fishing in Farewell Spit should be banned (stopped).
I think that fisherman should be stopped immediately. Since these dolphins are only found in New Zealand we should protect and make them feel safe in their home. Now YES I want all fisherman's to be BANNED from fishing in Farewell Spit.