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Kia ora koutou. Hope all is well for you all on land. We have had a epic day, starting early, pre-dawn ‘up and at ‘im’. We weighed our anchor whilst dark this morning and peaked our bow out of Whangamumu Harbour, heading out to sea. ‘Tis the special time of Matariki, and low and behold, there she was perfectly suspended  next to Venus in the last of the night sky, as we headed out into the dark. Equipped with hot chocolate and plenty of warm clothes, we perched on lookout and watched the day colors gradually come, and the last of the stars sink away. We were on our way to dive the Poor Knights!!!

We had breakfast and did our chores underway, and with all the wet suits warming in the sun, we were ready as ever once we got there. First we stopped at Rikoriko cave, and took a dingy ride in. Then we went around to the eastern side of the big island, and donned our suits. In we all went, to the underwater world, surrounded with blue maomao, huge snappers, a seal, the mega packhorse crayfish (hands off though! Its a marine reserve!), caves, kelp, jellyfish, and all the rest you can imagine.

Once everyone had had their fill in the water, we chugged our way back to the mainland with enough time to throw a line in to try to catch a fish. Unlucky are we, but lucky so that we have something else for planned for dinner.

We are tucked up at Tutukaka, anchor in the mud, and expecting our third gale of the week to come through tonight or tomorrow. Good night whanau.


  1. What a fantastic day you have had at the Poor Knights. Good to hear you are in a sheltered anchorage in readiness for the weather forecasted. Wow, can’t believe how quick the time has gone, you will all be home before we know it so make the most of your last couple of days on aboard.

  2. Oh my gosh yes not long now, enjoy your last days together alright yes everything must come to an end, you have made friends from complete strangers (well I’m pretty certain that was one of the kaupapa) you still got to watch each others back though, some gales forcast for early morn hay and catch you all up aye, how lucky and blessed you all got to enjoy watching Matariki and beautiful Venus and with a hot chocolate in hand, I’m jealous!! Po marie buckeneers 🙂

  3. What an adventure!! Hope you are having a blast Callum and the rest, look forward to seeing more pictures! 🙂

  4. Awesome guys!!
    Been following you all week, sounds like you have been having an amazing time out and about, adventuring!
    Miss you guys
    Sounds like everyone on board is having a blast, and I know they will have memories and friendships to last a lifetime!
    Looking forward to seeing you guys again and seeing the ship into Marsden Cove tomorrow afternoon! 🙂

    • thank you guys for giving me an opurtunitie to stay with yous all it was a pleasure meeting you the people that i meet was great going home wasnt so nga mihi kia koutou katoa

      • Nga mihi nunui Haki and thanks for your post. Please join our Tucker Trainees Facebook group and then you can get information about our Trainee reunion in December, kia ora!

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