Monday, 10 July 2017

WLJ - Day 4

Day #4: Swimming with the Sharks
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).
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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.

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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 locals were trying to grab anything they have and make sure it was wet to put on the whales to keep them alive! The shore was too shallow and the whales couldn’t swim back! They grabbed their chilli bins, water bottles, bowls and more to help keep the whales wet! Unfortunately these sea creature didn't survive.


  1. Kia Ora Sarah,

    Thank you for sharing your review about the Whales at Farewell spit. How did you feel learning about what happened to them? I was devastated to see them suffer. It was great to see the community come together to try and help safe them but like you said, some did not get to survive. How Sad!

    Keep up the good work Sarah! you are doing great!

    Kia Kaha,


  2. Hi Sarah
    Good job on this winter learning journey activity. I feel really sorry for those whales, so many of them washed up on that beach. Keep up the good work.