Kia Ora and welcome to Te Moana Nui A Kiwa, or the Great Ocean of Kiwa. Kiwa was the Polynesian name for this expanse of ocean long before Ferdinand Magellan named it the Pacific Ocean in 1520.

Today, National Geographic Orion propelled herself through rugged waters as we slid through the “Roaring Forties” in anticipation of the “Furious Fifties” on our way to Macquarie Island to the south.

We started off the day with a rock and roll yoga class led by Belinda in the lounge. This was followed by Jayden’s overview of the fishing industry in these waters. Later, Doug Gaultieri shared his presentation on the amazing penguins of New Zealand, ensuring that our guests are ready to experience some spectacular encounters with the penguin friends found in this area. After lunch, undersea specialist Kelly shared insights into marine mammals of New Zealand and the Sub-Antarctic Ocean.

Lindblad Expeditions is very thorough when it comes to biosecurity. All guests gathered in the lounge for a mandatory check. In preparation for our visit to Macquarie Island, we put all outer clothing and boots through the decontamination process.

The ocean was calm at sunset, allowing for a smooth ride as the setting sun warmly lit up our stern.