I joined ten other nature lovers and wildlife photographers for a half day trip to Whale Island and had the most amazing experience. We got up close to wild seals and getting fantastic photos was so easy - we didn't even have to get off the boat. Our awesome skipper put us right in the middle of all the action. We then landed on the island which was easy even for the three of our crew who are 70 plus who didn't even get their feet wet. We were amazed by the amount of saddlebacks on the island, a rare species in NZ. They were all around us and we were charmed by their distinctive song. The bird life is awesome and the island just beautiful. Everyone was blown away by the experience. I'm going to go back to do the swimming with the seals experience!
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